Hospital Personal Protective Equipment Planning Tool
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ASPER TRACIE Hospital Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Planning Tool is designed to help hospitals determine approximate minimum PPE needs based on special pathogen categories and a number of facility specific variables. The tool is intended as a starting point for facility planners to estimate the minimum PPE that may be needed based upon the role the hospital has in the community (does the hospital provide screening only or screening and hospitalization) and adjusts for the number and types of personnel involved in patient management, length of shifts, duration of hospital stay or outbreak, and the types of PPE commonly used by the facility.
The PPE Planning tool is not intended as a clinical tool and should be used as a pre-incident planning tool and not during an outbreak. The tool includes calculators for:
- Ebola Virus Disease/Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (EVD/VHF)
- Middle East Respiratory Syndrome/Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (MERS/SARS)
- Pandemic influenza.
ASPR TRACIE expanded upon the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) PPE Calculator and added additional variables and scenarios to provide healthcare facilities a broader tool. Preparing for incidents such as infectious outbreaks is fundamental part of a hospital’s overall emergency management program.
A link to the Hospital Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Planning Tool is provided below. Also included are policies related to resource and asset management for emergency response planning. For additional resources see MCN Healthcare’s Emergency Management and Bioterrorism Policy and Procedure Manual.
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