A patient is being admitted with what might be COVID-19 – what do I do?
- What should make me concerned for possible COVID-19 infection?
- When should I obtain an infectious diseases consultation?
- What is the appropriate PPE and isolation strategy for patients with possible COVID-19?
- How do I put on (don) and take off (doff) the PPE?
What do I need to know when working with a patient who is under investigation for or has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Can I perform blood work on this patient?
- Yes. Patients with COVID-19 or under investigation can receive blood work just the same as any other patient.
- Can the patient leave the room for x-ray or other ancillary testing?
- I know there is a limited supply of PPE, what can I do to preserve PPE?
- Can I perform invasive procedures on this patient?
- What healthcare workers should enter the patient room?
- Can visitors enter the patient room?
- What to do if my clothing becomes contaminated despite having on PPE?
- The virus that causes COVID-19 is a respiratory pathogen and contamination of clothing should be low-risk if wearing appropriate PPE.
What do I need to know about testing for and diagnosing COVID-19?
- Who should be tested for COVID-19?
- How do I test a patient for COVID-19?
- What do I do if the COVID-19 test is positive?
- What do I do if the COVID-19 test is negative?
My patient is COVID-19 positive, what do I do now?
- Is it possible to treat a patient who is positive for COVID-19 infection?
- Are there any clinical trials for patients who test positive for COVID-19?
The patient is ready for discharge – what do I do?
- What discharge instructions should I provide to patients diagnosed with COVID-19?
- In addition to patient-specific discharge paperwork, please follow the CDC Interim Guidance
- What discharge instructions should I provide to patients who tested negative for COVID-19?