The Joint Commission statement on shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) amid COVID-19 pandemic

Statement from Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO Tuesday, March 24 2020

The Joint Commission is painfully aware of the shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, and swab kits at hospitals and other health care organizations across the nation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are taking every step possible to assist our accredited health care organizations during this difficult time. We recognize the utmost importance of PPE to protect health care professionals and patients from being infected and infecting others. Many of our employees are also frontline health care workers.

The Joint Commission strongly supports emergency efforts at the federal level to drastically increase the production and distribution of PPE and other necessary medical equipment and supplies. We also support the availability of telehealth services during this time to use less PPE while preventing the spread of infection.

We continue to participate in daily briefings with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and in ongoing calls with the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] as the critical infrastructure partner with the government). We also have worked with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to provide it with survey questions for the collection of timely data on hospital challenges.  

The Joint Commission remains available to help our accredited organizations develop an appropriate response to COVID-19. To access our related resources, please visit www.jointcommission.org

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