Governor Inslee has begun to ease the restriction on non-urgent care. Any hospital, clinic, or dental facility that chooses to resume non-urgent care has been encouraged to move slowly and must demonstrate that they have the ability to support workers in safely resuming care, minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission to patients and workers, and maintain adequate facility capacity in the event of a surge in COVID-19 cases.
In order to resume non-urgent care safely, our hospitals must provide us with the PPE needed to protect us and our patients. If you are working and believe the safety of your patients, your coworkers, or your own is at risk as a result of inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), take action by filling out the complaint form below which will be sent to the Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
Prerequisites to performance of healthcare services, procedures and surgeries. Foundational to the performance of any healthcare service, procedure, or surgery permitted under Emergency Proclamation 20-24 is the ability to meet infection prevention and control standards, maintain appropriate personal protective equipment supplies, as well as following Department of Health (DOH)-issued guidance on use of personal protective equipment (PPE). For permitted procedures requiring an overnight stay, hospitals will not exceed 80% of available bed (licensed and staffed beds) capacity.
Specifically, the following PPE prerequisites are required before facilities can perform procedures, surgeries, or services permitted under Emergency Proclamation 20-24:
Facilities must provide health care workers (direct patient care and affected ancillary staff) with appropriately sized and sufficient quantities of PPE to perform essential job functions.
Facilities must be aligned with
Washington State Department of Health’s PPE Usage Guidelines - PPE Conservation Strategies (Yellow)
, which says personal protective equipment is discarded and replaced when it is soiled, damaged, or hard to breathe through.
Facilities must follow the
Washington State Department of Health’s Guidance on Extended and Re-use of PPE by Healthcare Personnel (HCP)
Facilities must have on-hand and in the facility 7 days of appropriate PPE.
Facilities must report accurate counts of PPE available and in the facility daily, as well as PPE on order, to the WA Health system.
Facilities must report following required DOH guidelines for PPE use and conversation to the WA Health system.
Health care workers have access to COVID-19 testing and to timely notification (within eight (8) hours of awareness) of exposure to COVID-19.
Facilities must report on COVID-19 positive health care workers by facility and profession/position to the WA Health system.
If you believe the safety of your patients, your coworkers, or your own is at risk as a result of inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),take action by filing the complaint form below which will be sent to the Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health.