IDSA Advises Eye Protection as Part of Health Worker PPE for Suspected or Known COVID Patients

By Reuters Staff

December 06, 2021

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In updated guidance, the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) suggests that healthcare personnel caring for patients with suspected or known COVID-19 use eye protection as part of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

This is a new recommendation added to previously published IDSA guidance on infection-prevention measures for healthcare workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

The IDSA says this is a conditional recommendation based on very low certainty of evidence.

The society has also updated two other recommendations from its previously published guidance on infection prevention. It now recommends that healthcare personnel caring for patients with suspected or known COVID-19 can use either a medical/surgical mask or N95 (or N99 or PAPR) respirator as part of appropriate PPE. This is a strong recommendation with a moderate certainty of evidence.

The other update states that during contingency or crisis capacity settings (N95 respirator shortages), healthcare personnel involved with aerosol-generating procedures on suspected or known COVID-19 patients use a reprocessed N95 respirator for reuse instead of medical/surgical masks as part of appropriate PPE. This is a conditional recommendation with based on very-low-certainty evidence.

The updated guidance on infection prevention is published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and on the IDSA website.

SOURCE: https://bit.ly/3rv4B1r Clinical Infectious Diseases, online November 22, 2021.

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