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CDC advises preparation for hurricanes on top of COVID-19

Medical Environment Update, August 20, 2020

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by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

As we head into August, the heart of hurricane season, review your emergency storm preparations against COVID-19 patient surge planning if the pandemic intensifies as communities reopen for school or other activities.

That includes taking inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE), medicines, and other supplies needed during a storm emergency and being ready for the two crises to complicate each other.

In a position statement released in May, The Joint Commission (TJC) said, “Healthcare organizations should no longer be operating under crisis standards of care and no longer following contingency strategies for use of gowns, eye protection, or facemasks when they resume elective procedures and ambulatory care.”

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