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Transport of Patients on Special Airborne Contact Precautions

This document is for healthcare workers responsible for transporting patients on special airborne contact precautions and includes information about the transport of vented patients. Updated 04.09.20

PPE, Operations and Visitation, Special Airborne Contact
Criteria for Discontinuation of Special Airborne Contact Isolation

This document provides updated guidance to healthcare workers on when to discontinue special airborne contact (SAC) isolation for patients with COVID-19 (Discontinuing isolation). This guidance applies to all areas of Duke Health including adult and children’s inpatient, outpatient, surgical, procedural and other care areas. CDC now recommends using a symptom-based strategy alone for discontinuation of special airborne contact isolation for patients infected with COVID. Enough evidence has accumulated to show that patients are not shedding live, infectious virus after a specified amount of time passes from symptom onset. As such, Duke Health will no longer use the test-based strategy (i.e. 2 negative tests) to discontinue Special Airborne Contact isolation for patients with COVID and begin using the symptom-based strategy outlined below. Updated 08.04.20

Clinical Guidance and Forms (General), Special Airborne Contact
Guidance for De-escalating Isolation after a Negative Test for COVID-19

The flow diagram outlines a recommended decision algorithm for symptomatic patients with a negative COVID-19 nasopharyngeal swab whose clinical presentation remains highly suspicious for active COVID-19 infection. It shows the process for updating isolation status, isolation precautions and transferring patients off a COVID-19 unit with negative COVID-19 test results. This flow diagram DOES NOT apply to asymptomatic patients. This document reflects a change in the management of patients from skilled nursing and other congregate living facilities after COVID-19 has been ruled out. Updated 05.01.20

Clinical Guidance and Forms (General), Special Airborne Contact
(Poster) Criteria for Discontinuation of Special Airborne Contact Isolation

This poster provides updated guidance to healthcare workers on when to discontinue special airborne contact (SAC) isolation for patients with COVID-19 (Discontinuing isolation). This guidance applies to all areas of Duke Health including adult and children’s inpatient, outpatient, surgical, procedural and other care areas. The 11”x17” poster includes the tables and flowchart to outline this criteria. Uploaded 08.13.20

Clinical Guidance and Forms (General), Special Airborne Contact