This quick reference summarizes CDC’s strategies to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies in healthcare settings and provides links to CDC’s full guidance documents on optimizing supplies. These strategies offer a continuum of options using the framework of surge capacity when PPE supplies are stressed, running low, or absent. When using these strategies, healthcare facilities should:
Consider these options and implement them sequentially
Use facemasks beyond the manufacturer-designated shelf life during patient care activities
Implement limited re-use of facemasks
Prioritize facemasks for selected activities such as essential surgeries, activities where splashes and sprays are anticipated, prolonged face-to-face contact with an infectious patient, and aerosol-generating procedures
When no facemasks are available:
Use a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face with no facemask
To use the calculator, enter the number of full boxes of each type of PPE in stock (gowns, gloves, surgical masks, respirators, and face shields, for example) and the total number of patients at your facility. The tool will calculate the average consumption rate, also referred to as a “burn rate,” for each type of PPE entered in the spreadsheet. This information can then be used to estimate how long the remaining supply of PPE will last, based on the average consumption rate. Using the calculator can help facilities make order projections for future needs.
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