We have heard from CMS that a common theme they are finding during COVID-19 infection control focused surveys are PPE not being used correctly, including donning and doffing procedures. Surveyors are having staff demonstrate handwashing and donning and doffing of PPE.
We encourage you to review with your teams the appropriate way to apply and remove all PPE, including gloves, gowns, masks, and eye protection. Performing observations yourself can be helpful to prepare staff for surveyor observation and to quickly correct any practices needing improvement.
- These documents can be printed and posted in your center to ensure your staff are aware of how to appropriately don PPE.
- These documents can be printed off and posted in your center to ensure your staff are aware of how to appropriately doff PPE.
- The following video explains how to do hand hygiene and donning/doffing PPE appropriately.