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COVID-19: Personal Protective Equipment & Supplies

State Guidance & Resources:

  • 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.
  • Important Notice for Hospitals: PPE supplies remain limited; therefore, please continue to stay in contact with your vendors. At this time, we are anticipating very limited state/national assistance with PPE, and it is our understanding that the majority of the strategic national stockpile (SNS) is being redirected to testing sites, leaving only a small quantity for states to distribute to hospitals.
  • PPE Sequencing: LDH has provided a resource that illustrates the sequence for putting on PPE and safely removing it.

Federal Guidance:

  • Decontaminating FFRs: 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. (04/01/20)
  • FDA Ventilator Guidance:
    • Action to Increase Ventilators and Ventilator Supplies: Read the FDA statement for the most up-to-date actions it has taken to help increase the supply of ventilators, ventilator tubing connectors, ventilator accessories, and filtering facepiece respirators. (03/27/20)
       
    • Guidance to Mitigate Ventilator Supply Disruptions: The FDA released updated guidance to provide flexibility and expand the availability of ventilators and other respiratory devices to treat patients during the public health emergency. (03/23/20)

    • Ventilator Supply Mitigation Strategies: Letter to Healthcare Providers (03/22/20)

    • EUA to Ease Ventilator Supply Shortages: Effective throughout the COVID-19 emergency, the EUA authorizes use of certain alternative ventilator devices, tubing connectors and accessories in healthcare settings to treat patients during the pandemic.

    • Emergency Vent Sharing Protocol: The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response sent state emergency preparedness personnel the Emergency Ventilator Sharing Protocol from Mount Sinai Health System. (03/26/20)
  • Importing PPE: The FDA adjusted its import screening to expedite access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and clarified types of PPE that can be imported without engaging with the FDA. To provide flexibility, the FDA will facilitate access to critical legitimate PPE and devices, and monitor the import systems to prevent and mitigate potential issues. The FDA established an email, COVID19FDAIMPORTINQUIRIES@fda.hhs.gov, for industry representatives to address questions or concerns. (03/24/20)

  • Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies: The FDA released a letter to healthcare providers regarding surgical mask and gown conservation strategies. (03/11/20)
  • FDA Contact Number: Regarding Supplier Information for PPE: 1-888-INFO-FDA
  • OSHA Guidance: OSHA released guidance flexibility with respirator fit-testing. (03/14/20)

  • AHA 100 Million Mask Challenge: On March 27, the AHA announced 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 personal protective equipment (PPE). The effort will facilitate private sector partnerships to address these shortages. 

LHA/ShareCor-Approved Vendors for Hospital Supplies:

Additional Vendors for Hospital Supplies: Please note that the vendors list below is provided as an informational source and is not an endorsement of the LHA or its affiliates.


 Additional Resources:

  • Federal Notice: HHS issued a notice under Executive Order 13910 and section 102 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended, designating health and medical resources necessary to respond to the spread of COVID-19 that are scarce or the supply of which would be threatened by excessive accumulation. These designated materials are subject to the hoarding prevention measures authorized under the Executive Order and the Act. (03/25/20)
  • Joint Commission Statement on Face Masks: On March 31, the Joint Commission issued a statement that supports “allowing staff to bring their own standard face masks or respirators to wear at work when their healthcare organizations cannot routinely provide access to protective equipment that is commensurate with the risk to which they are exposed.”

Louisiana Hospital Association

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Phone: (225) 928-0026
Fax: (225) 923-1004