Updated 4/25/2020; for more recent updates visit our Resource Page
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issues a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Shortage Order in response to the ongoing shortage of PPE among clinics responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This order applies to all healthcare providers, clinics, and facilities providing care or medical treatment of a patient in the state. Providers must do the following:
- Decrease PPE Demand
- Implement Contingency Capacity Strategies
- Implement Crisis Capacity Strategies
Intentional violation of this order may be considered a misdemeanor. Individual licensees may also be subject to disciplinary measures by their professional licensing boards.
In response to IMS advocacy, the order also extends blanket liability protections for any actions a physician or other provider takes in good faith to comply with the order. This includes delaying non-emergent medical services or surgical procedures deemed non-essential. Practices are encouraged to consult their legal counsel and medical liability carrier who may recommend documentation in a patient's medical records when a treatment decision was based on the belief that it complies with the order to preserve PPE.
The full PPE Shortage Order is available here .For more information on this order or assistance with any other needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact Kady Reese or Dennis Tibben on staff at IMS.