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COVID-19: PPE, Supplies & Services

STATE GUIDANCE & RESOURCES

  • State PPE Requests: LDH has been receiving increased requests for PPE, which indicates healthcare systems may be experiencing a second wave of shortages. It is important for healthcare partners to continue attempts to procure PPE from routine vendors as much as possible. The State remains open to receiving PPE requests via WebEOC, but it cannot sustain the demands on a large scale as they continue to grow.
  • PPE Mitigation Strategies: LDH provided the following mitigation strategies:

  • Healthcare Staffing: On July 15, LDH shared an Excel spreadsheet from HHS that includes healthcare staffing agencies that are available for contracting.
  • Important Notice for Hospitals: To request PPE from the limited state cache, hospitals can call the State Supply Hotline at 225-325-5900 to be added to a list as supplies become available. This line is open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. This information was included in the PPE Request Process provided by LDH on March 20.  
  • PPE Sequencing: LDH has provided a resource  that illustrates the sequence for putting on PPE and safely removing it.

FEDERAL GUIDANCE & RESOURCES

  • 100 Million Mask Challenge: As part of the continued work of the 100 Million Mask Challenge, the AHA and the Association for Health Care Resource and Materials Management have vetted a new partnership in response to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). Centerra is a procurement vendor that has an exclusive distribution agreement with a global manufacturer, designer and distributor of medical products, including N95 masks, isolation gowns, face shields, thermometers, sanitizers and many other products. Centerra can provide PPE and critical supplies to hospitals looking to purchase supplies. Additionally, they can offer sterilization support. To learn more, visit the 100 Million Mask website or the Centerra website.
  • FDA Webpage for Health Professionals: View the  FDA's online compendium webpage  of COVID-19 resources for healthcare professionals, which provides useful information on several issues, including EUAs, PPE and medical products, including investigational drugs and fraudulent devices.
  • FDA EUA Listing: View the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) webpage . The FDA Commissioner may allow unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in an emergency to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions caused by CBRN threat agents when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
  • Scarce PPE Allocation Order: On Aug. 10, FEMA issued a temporary final rule allocating certain health and medical resources exclusively for domestic use to ensure frontline healthcare workers’ needs are met during this pandemic. 
  • Guidance on Non-Invasive Monitoring Devices: On June 5, the FDA released new guidance that expands for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency the availability and capability of non-invasive monitoring devices. This replaces guidance issued March 20, and includes additional device types and offers more references and standards. The FDA said remote devices reduce patient and healthcare provider contact, ultimately limiting possible COVID-19 exposure.
  • Proper N95 Sterilization Processes: On May 27, the FDA issued a reminder to healthcare facilities’ reprocessing staffs to follow the agency-outlined decontamination cycle when using the ASP STERRAD Sterilization System to decontaminate N95 or N95-equivalent respirators for reuse via vaporized hydrogen peroxide to ensure continued safe use of the device. 

  • OSHA Guidance: On April 24, OSHA issued interim enforcement guidance outlining a host of methods for decontaminating N95 and other filtering-facepiece respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance indicates that OSHA will, on a case-by-case basis, exercise enforcement discretion related to the reuse of decontaminated respirators consistent with the conditions outlined in this interim enforcement guidance.   
  • N95 Respirator Guidance & Strategies

  • FAQs: On April 5, the FDA released an FAQ document clarifying recent revisions to its face mask and respirator enforcement guidance stating that the agency will allow the use of respirators approved under standards used in other countries for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Potential Risks: ECRI updated its clinical evidence assessment on the potential risks and benefits of N95 respirator reuse or extended use.

  • Guidance: The FDA has revised its face mask and respirator guidance to provide significant, additional enforcement discretion for personal protective equipment (PPE) that is not subject to COVID-19 emergency use authorization. The FDA says it “recognizes that, when alternatives, such as FDA-cleared masks or respirators, are unavailable, individuals, including healthcare professionals, might improvise PPE. FDA does not intend to object to individuals’ distribution and use of improvised PPE when no alternatives, such as FDA-cleared masks or respirators, are available.”

  • Decontaminating FFRs: On April 1, CDC issued guidance on decontaminating disposable filtering facepiece respirators for reuse during times of contingency and crisis capacity. CDC does not recommend that FFRs be decontaminated and then reused as standard care but rather as an option that may need to be considered when FFR shortages exist.

  • OSHA Guidance: On March 14, OSHA released guidance flexibility with N95 respirator fit-testing.
  • FDA Contact Number: Regarding Supplier Information for PPE: 1-888-INFO-FDA
  • AHA 100 Million Mask Challenge: Is a national initiative to secure millions of masks for the physicians, nurses and caregivers who are treating coronavirus patients and who are at greater risk because of a nationwide shortage of PPE. The effort will facilitate private sector partnerships to address these shortages. AHA has added new tools and guidance, including specs for masks and other needed equipment such as face shields and ventilators. For more information and the latest resources to support the challenge, visit AHA’s webpage .

STATE VENDOR LIST:


LHA/SHARECOR-APPROVED VENDORS FOR SUPPLIES & SERVICES

  • Aya Healthcare: Hospital Staffing
    Contact: Bob Murphy; 561-479-7336; bob.murphy@ayahealthcare.com
    • Staffing Solutions: Aya Healthcare, the parent company of the LHA-endorsed staffing partner, Symmetry Workforce Solutions, has been pipelining nurses and allied health workers for weeks in preparation for outbreaks of the coronavirus in hotspots throughout the U.S. They have crisis teams working 24/7 to respond to any need our members have and have already helped several Louisiana hospitals. Call or email Bob Murphy at 561-479-7336 or bob.murphy@ayahealthcare.com  for more information.
  • Intalere: Test Kits, Ventilators and N95 Mask
    Contact: C. J. Tuminello; 225-937-3032; c.j.tuminello@intalere.com
    • Intalere has introduced the Post-COVID Transformation Toolkit to help members in making up for lost revenue and depleted cash flow, and in adapting to new market forces. For more information, contact C.J. Tuminello.
    • View Update  focused on solutions regarding infection prevention, laboratory, supplier vetting, supply chain and others.
    • View Update  focused on solutions regarding infection prevention, behavioral health, recovery and reopening, and other valuable resources, along with information on ALLAVO hand sanitizer.
    • View Update  focused on solutions regarding COVID-19 testing resources, PPE alternatives, and cleaning and disinfection. 
    • Intalere, a ShareCor-endorsed vendor, created a COVID-19 Supplier Guide & Directory to help members navigate through some of the Intalere resources that they may need while managing this crisis. 
  • Jackson Physician Search: Physician Placement Services
    Contact: Gary Seaberg; Office: 469-909-6681; Cell/Text: 469-203-7256 
    • Special Recruitment Incentives: As LHA’s ShareCor-endorsed physician recruitment partner, Jackson Physician Search is working one-on-one with Louisiana hospitals to offer creative fee structures that will ensure facilities are able to meet patient demand in the future, while being sensitive to the financial realities many are currently facing. For more information, contact Jackson Physician Search Director Gary Seaberg at gwseaberg@jacksonphysiciansearch.com or 469-909-6681. Jackson Physician Search also released a paper on “Five Ways to Move the Needle on the Physician Shortage,” which includes key approaches the company believes will be front and center in upcoming industry discussions.
  • Merritt Hawkins: Nursing and Physician Staffing Services
    Contact: Cristina Campanella; Office: 770-481-1120; Cell: 404-314-3706
    • AMN Healthcare has recently launched a COVID-19-specific website providing innovative technology, resources and solutions for accessing all nursing and allied professionals, physicians, and advanced practice professionals.
  • SunRX: Provides a letter and a  flier that addresses two specific 340B solutions: 1) Implementing a 340B Discount Card to provide access to 340B pricing for the uninsured; and 2) Evaluating your 340B pharmacy program for optimal financial performance. SUNRx can provide your clients with a no‐obligation assessment for your 340B program.
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