Update of Qualaris COVID-19 Kit for Hospitals to v1.1

Details on our recent update to our kit based on CDC recommendation updates.

Last week we launched our first version of the Qualaris COVID-19 Kit (v1.0). Learn more about how the kit was developed, how we plan to update and improve it over time, and how we'd like your help in this article.

On April 13, 2020, the CDC's Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings had a substantial update.

Based on this change, we've propagated changes to our implementation and auditing templates.

The details of CDC's changes are summarized by the CDC below.

Summary of Changes to the Guidance

Below are changes to the guidance as of April 13, 2020:

To address asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, implement source control for everyone entering a healthcare facility (e.g., healthcare personnel, patients, visitors), regardless of symptoms.

  • This action is recommended to help prevent transmission from infected individuals who may or may not have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Cloth face coverings are not considered PPE because their capability to protect healthcare personnel (HCP) is unknown. Facemasks, if available, should be reserved for HCP.
  • For visitors and patients, a cloth face covering may be appropriate. If a visitor or patient arrives to the healthcare facility without a cloth face covering, a facemask may be used for source control if supplies are available.

Actively screen everyone for fever and symptoms of COVID-19 before they enter the healthcare facility.

As community transmission intensifies within a region, healthcare facilities could consider foregoing contact tracing for exposures in a healthcare setting in favor of universal source control for HCP and screening for fever and symptoms before every shift.

Added links to updated guidance for:

  • Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and other Equipment
  • Interim Guidance for Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19
  • Interim Guidance on Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare
  • Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19.
  • Strategies to Mitigate Staffing Shortages