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COVID-19 Resources for EVS Professionals 2020

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Special Message: After months on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental service professionals have served as a source of comfort for patients not able to see loved ones, while maintaining rooms to the highest standards of cleanliness. EVS personnel are heroes deserving of recognition, but never forget they are human, too, and also may need care.
To support these health defenders, AHA has a number of behavioral health resources, including a page dedicated to COVID-19: Stress and Coping Resources.


Tools

COVID-19 EVS Cleaning Essentials Refresher Training Toolkit (members-only)


Webinar Series

  • COVID-19 Challenges for Health Care Environmental Services: Open Forum Part 3, August 18th,
    12:00pm CST

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  • Solution Sharing Open Forum: Health Care Environmental Services’ Response to COVID-19 Challenges –Continuing the Conversation
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  • Solution Sharing Open Forum: Health Care Environmental Services’ Response to COVID-19 Challenges
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  • Post COVID-19: Transitioning Environmental Services to a New Normal
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    Coronavirus Update, Part II: Health Care Professional Preparedness and Response to COVID-19, with Dr. Michael Bell, Deputy Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Members-only webinar.
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  • Coronavirus Update—What Health Care Professionals Need to Know to Prepare for COVID-19, with Dr. Michael Bell, Deputy Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Members-only webinar. 
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Infographics

EVS Considerations Airborne Precautions Medical Waste


Preparedness

Healthcare Professionals: FAQs


Reopening

Cleaning and Disinfection Information


Personal Protective Equipment

PPE Information

Checklist for Healthcare Facilities


Environmental Infection Prevention

N List Disifectants COVID-19 Infection Control Basics for Environmental Services Workers


Cleaning and Disinfection 

Isolation Rooms

Isolation Room Information

Air Change Formula


Personnel and Personnel Training


Staffing

Staffing Strategies

Stay informed about the local COVID-19 situation. Know where to turn for reliable, up-to-date information in your local community. Monitor the CDC COVID-19 website and your state and local health department websites for the latest information.


Waste

Medical Waste Infographic  Waste Management Information

The CDC has determined that medical waste generated in the treatment of COVID-19 patients and patients under investigation (PUIs) be managed in accordance with routine procedures. There are no additional packaging or transportation requirements from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for regulated medical waste or sharps.


Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities

The CDC released new guidance for retirement communities and independent living facilities to better aid in the planning, preparation for, and response to coronavirus disease 2019. The guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease. Residents in retirement communities and independent living facilities are considered to be at higher risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes because of older age and because they may have underlying health conditions. 


Leadership

Crisis Management Leadership

In the absence of pre-determined procedures, a novel crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, can overwhelm contingency plans and test leadership’s decision making. Follow these four principles to help you manage the unexpected. Note: Click screen if content doesn’t begin automatically. 

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Well Being and Self Care


 

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Share this video with your colleagues and Break the Chain of Infection.

 

 

Determining Air Changes Per Hour (ACH) in the Field. Watch this video from the American Society of Health Care Engineers.

 

 

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