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COVID-19 Hospital Triage/Screening Resources
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May 29, 2020

Topic Collection: COVID-19 Hospital Triage/Screening Resources

This Topic Collection focuses on plans, tools, templates, and other immediately implementable resources to help with COVID-19 preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts, focusing on hospital triage and patient screening.

Please refer to CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage for the most up-to-date clinical guidance on COVID19 outbreak management.

If you have COVID-19 best or promising practices, plans, tools, or templates to share with your peers, please visit the ASPR TRACIE Information Exchange COVID-19 Information Sharing Page (registration required) and place your resources under the relevant topic area. Resources specific to triage and screening can be placed under the COVID-19 Hospital Triage/Screening Resources Topic.

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American College of Surgeons. (2020). Clinical Issues and Guidance. (Added 4/23/2020.)
This page features clinical issues and guidance on management of non-emergent operations and triage of elective procedures. Topics covered include non-emergent operations, cancer care, licensing and certification, trauma care, workforce, personnel protection, and patient information.
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Speakers from some of the hardest hit hospitals across the U.S. discuss their COVID-19 experiences in this webinar.
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Beth Israel Lahey Health. (2020). COVID-19 Materials.
This web page includes frequently updated COVID-19 information for healthcare workers. Resources include: testing and patient evaluation algorithms, clinical guidance, operational guidance, personal protective equipment information, resources for patients and their caregivers, symptom screening tools, and sample signage.
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This algorithm depicts the clinical pathway for emergency department screening for COVID-19.
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This algorithm depicts the clinical pathway for assessing children for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome.
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Cleveland Clinic. (2020). COVID-19. (Added 5/14/2020.)
This frequently updated page provides resources to assist medical professionals responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources are organized under the following topic areas: overview, detection, personal protective equipment recommendations, protecting against the spread, care considerations, workforce redeployment, caregiver, ambulatory, bioethics, virtual visits, emergency department, intensive care unit, managerial, operating room, and research.
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Columbia University Irving Medical Center. (2020). Information for Providers and Clinical Staff. (Added 4/15/2020.)
This frequently updated web page assists clinicians responding to COVID-19. The page includes information on screening, testing, and caring for patients as well as resources to support staff.
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Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. (2020). COVID-19 Pathways.
This web page features clinical pathways to assist providers in evaluating, diagnosing, and triaging patients possibly infected with COVID-19 while following appropriate infection prevention protocols. Algorithms exist for primary care, ancillary services, subspecialty ambulatory, and emergency department and inpatient settings.
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Position statement Interim-20-ID-01 creates a standardized case definition for COVID-19 and adds it to the list of nationally notifiable conditions.
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EvergreenHealth. (2020). Lessons Learned: COVID-19. (Added 5/4/2020.)
This document, which is updated as needed, features lessons learned from the hospitalist group that managed some of the first COVID-19 patients in the U.S. Sections focus on facility preparedness, testing, infection control, human resources, clinical management, and discharge. The document also includes links to additional resources.
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This document provides criteria on which hospitalized patients should be evaluated and tested prior to release to a post-acute care facility, when hospitals can discontinue transmission-based precautions for infected patients, when patients can safely be transferred to post-acute care facilities, and if infected patients whose condition has improved can be discharged to their homes.
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Hackensack Meridian Health. (2020). COVID-19 Clinical Protocols and Policies.
This frequently updated page includes information on: 1) screening a suspected COVID-19 case, 2) communicating a suspected COVID-19 case, 3) masking guidelines, 4) personal protective equipment information, 5) respiratory etiquette, 6) ambulatory scheduled video visits, and 7) protocols and policies for a variety of clinical settings and activities.
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Hanson, K., Caliendo, A., Arias, C., et al. (2020). Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines on the Diagnosis of COVID-19. (Added 5/12/2020.)
These online guidelines systematically review the evidence related to 15 COVID-19 diagnostic testing options and grade recommendations as strong or conditional. Related guidelines focus on infection prevention and treatment and management.
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Intermountain Healthcare. (2020). Clinical Guidance: Triaging / Testing.
This page provides clinical guidance for physicians and advanced practice providers, surgical operations, frontline receptionists, hospital and clinic caregivers, and home care. Documents include: assessment guidance, care processes, testing guidance and procedures, imaging guidelines, personal protective equipment guidance, decision pathways, scripts, cleaning guidance for rooms and equipment, waste disposal guidance, and frequently asked questions.
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Lee Health. (2020). COVID-19 Provider Testing and Retesting Algorithm. (Added 4/10/2020.)
This algorithm is an example of one health system’s process for testing and retesting patients for COVID-19.
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Massachusetts General Hospital. (2020). COVID-19 Treatment Guidance.
This frequently updated page includes both inpatient and outpatient care recommendations as well as fast literature updates. Documents include: treatment and critical care guidance, algorithms, protocols, workflows, figures, frequently asked questions, and supporting literature.
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This video demonstrates the process of collecting oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swabs for novel coronavirus testing.
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Massachusetts General Hospital. (2020). SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Toolkit.
This toolkit can help healthcare organizations plan and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes: patient screening algorithms, sample signage, assessment criteria, infection prevention guidance, a visitor screening tool, personal protective equipment doffing checklists, and specimen collection instructions.
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These guidelines reflect the best information available to guide decision making in the management of COVID-19 patients. Included is information on screening and triage, infection prevention, specimen collection, clinical management, treatment options, telemedicine, emergency medical services, and ethical considerations. It also includes appendices with checklists, supply lists, algorithms, and other tools.
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National Emerging Special Pathogen Training and Education Center. (2020). COVID-19 Laboratory Specimen Collection: Nasopharyngeal Swab.
This video demonstrates how to collect a nasopharyngeal specimen for COVID-19 laboratory testing.
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Nebraska Medicine. (2020). COVID-19 Resources for Providers*.
This frequently updated page includes: information on use, donning and doffing, and decontamination of personal protective equipment; protocols and checklists; inpatient, ambulatory, surgical, special patient populations, treatment, and patient transport guidance; and other related resources for healthcare providers.
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New York City Health + Hospitals. (2019). Frontline Hospital Planning Guide: Special Pathogens.
This planning guide from New York City Health + Hospitals provides high-level planning information for frontline hospital multidisciplinary teams to support planning and training for the initial care of suspected special pathogen patients while determining whether and when they will be transferred to another facility for further assessment and treatment.
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NRCC Healthcare Resilience Task Force. (2020). Medical Operations Coordination Cells Toolkit (First Edition).
This toolkit offers flexible and modifiable guidance, developed by the U.S. government, aimed to assist regional, state, local, tribal and territorial governments to ensure load-balancing across healthcare facilities and systems so that the highest possible level of care can be provided to each patient during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Tennessee Hospital Association. (2020). Hospital Sample Resources.
This web page offers a variety of sample resources for hospitals, including triage algorithms, communication scripts, facility access and visitation guidance, staff information, and personal protective equipment guidance.
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The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine. (2020). Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment. Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation.
This guide is based on the experience of clinicians treating patients at The First Affiliated Hospital. It includes sections on prevention and control management, diagnosis and treatment, and nursing. It includes tables, step-by-step lists, infographics, algorithms, and images supporting the descriptive text.
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University of California San Francisco, Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control. (2020). UCSF Health COVID-19 Clinical Resources*.
These frequently updated guidelines offer: 1) information on personal protective equipment, 2) algorithms, 3) other clinical information and announcements, 4) control plan and testing, 5) signage in multiple languages, 6) forms, 7) staff education materials, 8) provider and staff training resources, 9) patient education, 10) email digests, and 11) external resources.
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University of Kentucky HealthCare. (2020). COVID-19 Guidelines and Documents. (Added 5/15/2020.)
This frequently updated page includes resources to assist providers and staff in managing patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources are in the categories of personal protective equipment and infection control, clinical, signage, handouts in multiple languages, and patient messaging. Included resources are for inpatient and ambulatory settings as well as drive through testing sites and telehealth.
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University of North Carolina School of Medicine. (2020). Clinical Documents: COVID-19.
This page includes several clinical procedures for COVID-19 including: a fact sheet for providers, an airway management job aid, a respiratory pathway algorithm, a referral to a respiratory diagnostic center guide and process workflow, and a psychiatric express clinic plan.
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University of Washington Medicine. (2020). UW Medicine COVID-19 Resource Site.
This page includes policies and protocols developed by the University of Washington health system and its partners to address COVID-19. Frequently updated, the page includes: 1) patient care protocols and algorithms, 2) other inpatient clinical guidance, 3) neonatal care protocols, 4) policy statements on personal protective equipment, patient care, post-acute and long term care, operations and facilities, staff, and other (autopsy, information technology, and vendor and delivery driver access).
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