June 25, 2020

Joint Commission revises position statement on preventing nosocomial COVID-19 infections

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Joint Commission announced June 24 that it has revised its position statement on preventing nosocomial COVID-19 infections as healthcare organizations resume regular care delivery.

The Joint Commission supports the following positions:


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  • Continuing to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for universal masking of staff, patients, and visitors.
  • Wearing filtering-facepiece or higher-level respirators for all aerosol generating procedures or surgical procedures that pose a higher risk for transmission.
  • Operating under crisis standards of care is not necessary when elective surgical procedures and ambulatory care is resumed.
  • Using contingency conservation strategies for filtering facepiece respirators when there is a shortage.
  • Testing patients having elective surgical or other aerosol-generating procedures for COVID-19 shortly before the procedure.
  • Continuing to use filtering facepiece respirators for patients having elective surgical or other aerosol-generating procedures who test negative for COVID-19 because of the risk of false-negative tests.
  • Checking with state and local health departments for specific requirements on preoperative/preprocedure testing for COVID-19.

The Joint Commission also has published FAQs about the revisions for the position statement.

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