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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring a new outbreak of coronavirus. Initially the 2019 Novel Coronavirus was specific to China, but now it has been reported in a number of countries, including the United States. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people in close contact
Healthcare personnel should use standard precautions which includes use of personal protective equipment with proper hand and environmental hygiene. We’ve put together a product formulary to help you adhere to the recommended precautions.
The CDC recommends the following standard precautions to protect you and your patients:
- Perform hand hygiene
- Follow cough etiquette principles and cover your cough
- Properly handle, clean and disinfect patient care equipment and devices
- Clean and disinfect the environment appropriately
- Handle textiles and laundry carefully
In addition to these standard precautions, the CDC has also issued guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare professionals. For the general public, CDC does not recommend the use of face masks or respirators.
The CDC has developed a new laboratory test kit to test patients for COVID-19, and is shipping the test kits to designated labs, including U.S. state and local public health and Department of Defense laboratories. Read more here >
We’re committed to monitoring the situation and providing you timely information. Stay tuned to this page where we will continue to provide additional resources.
Coronavirus training for healthcare professionals
MedTrainer has released a pandemic response training for coronavirus. This 30-minute course is offered at no charge to healthcare providers. In this training you’ll learn:
- Background and history of coronavirus
- Necessary employee and provider precautions
- How to spot symptoms which may be in line with the coronavirus
- What questions to ask patients with regards to travel and potential exposure
- Post travel interactions with others
- Treatment, CDC recommendations and other necessary measures
Although the virus is not recognized as an immediate threat to citizens of the United States, healthcare professionals are within a high-risk category and need options. Educating those dealing directly with treatment and exposure is the first line of defense in preventing pandemics from spreading.Get Access to Training
Be advised that information contained herein is intended to serve as a useful reference for informational purposes only and is not complete clinical information. This information is intended for use only by competent healthcare professionals exercising judgment in providing care. McKesson cannot be held responsible for the continued currency of or for any errors or omissions in the information.