Guidance for Healthcare Professionals
are on the front lines of caring for patients with confirmed or possible
infection with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and therefore have an
increased risk of exposure to this virus. Healthcare personnel can
minimize their risk of exposure when caring for confirmed or possible COVID-19
patients by following these guidelines, including use of recommended personal
The CDC has guidance for
Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Healthcare Settings, which
include key concepts such as:
- Limit how germs can
enter the facility.
- Isolate symptomatic
patients as soon as possible.
- Protect healthcare
See the below list for guidance documents for Healthcare Settings:
Criteria for Healthcare Workers
Both the CDC and the
New Jersey Department of Health have guidance available for occupational health
programs and public health officials making decisions about healthcare
personnel returning to work after testing or suspected positive for COVID-19.
Key points highlighted
- Return to Work
Criteria for HCP
- Return to Work
Practices and Work Restrictions
- Crisis Strategies to
Mitigate Staffing Shortages
CDC's Return to Work Guidance NJDOH's Guidance for Returning to Work
Rights, Roles and Responsibilities of Health Workers, including Occupational Safety and Health
Health workers are at
the front line of any response and as such are exposed to hazards that put them
at risk of infection with a pathogen (such as COVID-19). Hazards include
pathogen exposure, long working hours, psychological distress, fatigue,
occupational burnout, stigma, and physical and psychological violence.
The document below from the World Health Organization highlights the rights and responsibilities of health workers,
including specific measures needed to protect occupational safety and health.
Rights, roles and responsibilities of health workers, including occupational safety and health
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