COVID-19 Clinical Guidance and Testing
The WSMA has joined state leaders in urging action immediately by our federal government to relieve the shortage of personal protective equipment in Washington state.
If your clinic or hospital in Washington state needs personal protective equipment, contact Salem Adisu with the King County Medical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org. KCMS has partnered with Providence Health System to expand the Providence "100 Million Mask Challenge." Learn more
Gov. Jay Inslee is urging Washington state manufacturers to repurpose their facilities to produce needed PPE and testing supplies. The state's coronavirus response website has details.
The Washington State Department of Health is has released new conservation strategies for PPE as well as a revised prioritization list. (April 3, 2020)
COVID-19 Clinical Guidance
COVID-19 Evaluating, Testing, and Protection
Guidance on evaluating and testing for COVID-19
In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Washington Healthcare Forum Work Group, made up of leading health care organizations in Washington state, including the WSMA, are working together to create a common set of high-level recommendations that individual organizations will use to develop their own individual policies and procedures related to the protection of their employees and patients.
Caring for High-Risk COVID-19 Patients
Respecting Choices® has just announced it is offering an open-source toolkit for those caring for high-risk COVID-19 patients. These patients are feeling especially vulnerable, as are their loved ones. The toolkit includes guidance for conversations about treatment preferences before a medical crisis, as well as resources to support specific treatment decisions in high-risk individuals.
Washington Health Care Authority certified Respecting Choices' patient decision aids on "Help with Breathing" and "CPR"; both of which are included in Respecting Choices' open-source toolkit, along with many other resources.
Additionally, Honoring Choices® Pacific Northwest, jointly sponsored by the WSMA Foundation and the Washington State Hospital Association, has partnered with Respecting Choices to offer an online course to physicians and advanced practitioners in Washington state. Through a grant from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the online modules are free of charge for WSMA members and members of the Honoring Choices PNW initiative (use discount code: HCPNWPartner) until February 2021. Designed for physicians and advanced practitioners, the three-module online course will enhance your ability to effectively introduce and motivate patients to participate in basic advance care planning (ACP); guide and document basic ACP conversations with patients and families; and successfully integrate and bill for basic ACP in everyday practice. Get started at: wsma.org/BasicACPModules.