In an effort to improve response for immediate needs for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from healthcare providers across the state, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has revised the guidance for reporting PPE shortage and requesting stockpile supplies. IDPH requests that any practice or facility whose PPE supplies are within seven days of running out (at current, optimized usage rates), contact their county emergency preparedness and response agencies.
Supplies will be distributed based on immediacy of need and those who are providing immediate direct care. Currently stockpile supplies available via area response agencies and the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) are:
• N-95 masks
• Procedure/surgical masks
• Face shields
Urgent requests, as defined above, are able to be filled within 2-4 days of request, subject to availability of supplies. Revised and all subsequent requests should include quantities needed to sustain 7-10 days of supplies at current usage rates (optimized). For guidance on how to optimize usage of existing PPE, please review Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE from the CDC.
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