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COVID-19 Emergency Department Resources
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June 5, 2020

Topic Collection: COVID-19 Emergency Department 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 emergency departments.

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 emergency departments can be placed under the COVID-19 Emergency Department Resources Topic.

Clinical Rounds


Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. (2020). National COVID-19 Clinical Rounds: Emergency Department Resources (4/16/2020). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This webinar is part of the National COVID-19 Clinical Rounds hosted by ASPR, Project Echo, NETEC, and other public-private partners. Speakers from the University of Maryland and New York City Health + Hospitals described the emergency department response to COVID-19.
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. (2020). National COVID-19 Clinical Rounds: Emergency Department Resources (4/2/2020). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This webinar is part of the National COVID-19 Clinical Rounds hosted by ASPR, Project ECHO, NETEC, and other public-private partners. This webinar was the first in a series focused on emergency department resources. The webinar featured speakers from the University of Washington Department of Emergency Medicine and the Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine.
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. (2020). National COVID-19 Clinical Rounds: Emergency Department Resources (4/23/2020.). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This webinar is part of the National COVID-19 Clinical Rounds hosted by ASPR, Project Echo, NETEC, and other public-private partners. Speakers from Inova Fairfax and University Medical Center New Orleans/LSU Health described the emergency department response to COVID-19.
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. (2020). National COVID-19 Clinical Rounds: Emergency Department Resources (4/30/2020). (Added 5/14/2020.) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This webinar is part of the National COVID-19 Clinical Rounds hosted by ASPR, Project ECHO, NETEC, and other public-private partners. This session focused on emergency department resources featured speakers from Network Emergency Services and Network Operations Command Center, Mount Sinai, and ACEP.
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. (2020). National COVID-19 Clinical Rounds: Emergency Department Resources (4/9/2020). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This webinar is part of the National COVID-19 Clinical Rounds hosted by ASPR, Project ECHO, NETEC, and other public-private partners. Speakers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Emory University shared insights from their emergency departments' response to COVID-19.
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American College of Emergency Physicians. (2020). ACEP COVID-19 Field Guide. (Added 4/15/2020.)
This frequently updated online guide compiles resources helpful to emergency physicians in the evaluation and treatment of COVID-19. Topics include personal safety, work safety, emergency medical services, triage, patient presentation, assessment, diagnosis, risk stratification, treatment, special populations, business, regulations and liability, personal well-being and resilience, and impact on education, licensure, and credentialing.
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This plan identifies the emergency department capabilities required for effective management of the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides background information, risk awareness considerations, response recommendations, and a management strategy. It also includes an annex table of key actions needed indicating responsibilities of emergency management nationally, the federal government, state and local government, state and local public health, emergency departments, and hospitals.
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The American College of Surgeons offers recommendations on maintaining the emergency care system for common, time-sensitive medical and surgical emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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American Heart Association. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for CPR Training and Resuscitation. (Added 6/4/2020.)
This page includes several resources including guidance on basic and advanced life support, infographics, resuscitation algorithms, training courses, and podcasts.
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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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Cayuga Health System. (2020). COVID-19 Clinical Management Guidelines. (Added 5/4/2020.)
This frequently updated page offers resources for clinicians caring for COVID-19 patients. It includes information on transmission, presentation, personal protective equipment, testing, healthcare worker exposures, imaging, clinical course, patient management, and discharge.
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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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Chopra, V., Toner, E., Waldhorn, R., and Washer, L. (2020). How Should U.S. Hospitals Prepare for Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)? Annals of Internal Medicine .
The authors of this article recommend four key actions for health systems preparing for a surge of COVID-19 patients: 1) develop a strategy for patient volume and complexity, 2) protect and support health care workers on the front lines, 3) define a strategy to allocate health care resources, and 4) develop a robust, transparent, and open communication policy.
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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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This one-pager developed jointly by the College of Urgent Care Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians assists clinicians in determining whether suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients should be discharged to their homes or transferred to an emergency department.
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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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COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Task Force. (2020). COVID-19 Hospital Resource Package.
This document lists key COVID-19 guidance and resources for hospital administrators, hospital emergency planners, and infection control practitioners in the following topical areas: hospital surge, crisis standards of care, staffing surge and resilience, workforce protection, regulatory relief, equipment supply surge, and telemedicine. Each section contains links to Federal and non-Federal guidance to help hospitals prepare for and respond to a COVID-19 outbreak.
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This document from the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and Get With the Guidelines - Resuscitation Adult and Pediatric Task Forces of the American Heart Association in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for Respiratory Care, American College of Emergency Physicians, The Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and National EMS Physicians provides guidelines for treatment of cardiac arrest in patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
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This protocol defines the process for managing emergency department surge capacity and preventing patients from leaving without a screening exam.
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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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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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These guidelines highlight recent updates and general considerations followed by a table showing treatment considerations and special considerations for various clinical situations. Extensive references are listed for each of the therapeutic options.
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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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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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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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MedStar Health. (2020). COVID-19 Patient Care and Associate Safety Resources. (Added 6/4/2020.)
This frequently updated page includes operational and patient care information for employees responding to COVID-19. Resources are focused on staff safety and well-being, operations policies and signage, job aids, procedural guidelines, and inpatient and ambulatory care clinical guidelines.
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Michigan Medicine. (2020). COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information. University of Michigan.
This page includes COVID-19 testing guidance as well as emergency department, inpatient, and outpatient treatment guidelines.
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Mount Sinai. (2020). Clinical Guidelines and Information for Staff. (Added 4/17/2020.)
This frequently updated page includes numerous resources to guide the management of COVID-19 patients including treatment guidelines for adults and pediatric patients, information on personal protective equipment, information on respiratory support, palliative care resources, scripts, and information about the convalescent plasma program.
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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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This frequently updated page includes information on clinical and administrative policies and protocols. It includes information on personal protective equipment; a dashboard on testing, virtual visits, and hospitalized patients; and testing, inpatient, and emergency department clinical pathways.
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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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The Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative. (2020). COVID-19 in Older Adults: Key Points for Emergency Department Providers.
This article provides two patient scenarios to highlight unique aspects of caring for older adults with COVID-19. The authors provide an appendix with 10 key points for patients and 15 key points for emergency department clinicians.
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This document from the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and Get With the Guidelines - Resuscitation Adult and Pediatric Task Forces of the American Heart Association in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for Respiratory Care, American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and American Association of Critical Care Nurses provides guidelines for treatment of cardiac arrest in pediatric and neonatal patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
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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 Emergency Medicine. (2020). UW Department of Emergency Medicine ED COVID-19 Guide. (Added 4/17/2020.)
This frequently updated page provides recommendations for preparing emergency departments for a surge of COVID-19 patients. Information is categorized under the topics of staff, space, stuff, and systems.
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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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Yale New Haven Health. (2020). COVID-19 Clinical Resources for Employees and Medical Staff. (Added 4/15/2020.)
This frequently updated web page includes clinical resources for staff including: 1) visitor restrictions policy, 2) inpatient clinical resources related to medication, testing, intensive care unit critical care, non-intensive care unit care, ventilators, obstetrics, pediatrics, and personal protective equipment, 3) outpatient clinical resources related to medication and triage and clinical guidelines, 4) communications resources, and 5) the Bioquell Decontamination System.
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Agencies and Organizations


American College of Emergency Physicians. COVID-19.
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Association of American Medical Colleges. COVID-19 Clinical Guidance Repository.
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Emergency Nurses Association. COVID-19 Information.
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The Geriatirc Emergency Department Collaborative. COVID-19 Links and Resources.
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