Maryland Department of Health - Office of Preparedness & Response

Local health care providers may make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) resource requests to the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) by completing the Emergency Medical Material Request Form (EMMR) below. PPE allocations are made based on availability and in alignment with local, state, and federal guidance. Requests that are unable to be filled locally are recorded for possible state or federal support as it becomes available. 

On May 6, 2020, the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health issued the Amended Directive and Order Regarding Various Healthcare Matters, which requires adherence to the following conditions relevant to the use of and request for State and local stockpiles of PPE. By submitting this form, each requestor certifies their compliance with these directives.

 Resumption of Elective and Non-Urgent Medical Procedures - Conditions

  1. Licensed healthcare providers shall exercise their independent professional judgment in determining what procedures are appropriate to perform, which appointments should occur, and which patients to see in light of widespread COVID-19 community transmission.
  2. Any licensed healthcare facility or healthcare provider resuming elective and non-urgent medical procedures shall have at least one week’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for themselves, staff, and as appropriate, for patients.
    • Note: PPE requests to any State or local health or emergency management agency will be denied for elective and non-urgent medical procedures.
    • Note: The healthcare facility or healthcare provider must be able to procure all necessary PPE for its desired services via standard supply chains.
  1. Social distancing requirements must be strictly maintained in all settings where people must wait in order to minimize direct contact between individuals within the healthcare setting and use of non-traditional alternatives is encouraged (e.g., call ahead registration; waiting in a car until called).
  2. All healthcare workers, patients, and others must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival for shift or visit. Staff must stay home if they are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
  3. All healthcare facilities and healthcare providers must plan for and implement enhanced workplace infection control measures in accordance with the most current CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control.html  
    • Note: All healthcare providers and staff shall wear appropriate face coverings, to include cloth face coverings, surgical face masks or N-95 masks, respirators, and/or face shields.
    • Note: Patients should wear a face covering whenever possible.
  1. Any healthcare facility or healthcare provider who is unable to provide PPE for themselves, staff, and patients where appropriate shall immediately restrict operations to urgent and non-elective procedures and appointments.

 Personal Protective Order Conservation

Subject to availability, all healthcare providers are required to immediately implement the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment, to include, but not limited to:

  1. Use facemasks beyond the manufacturer-designated shelf-life during patient care activities.
  2. Implement limited re-use of facemasks. The healthcare provider must not touch the outer surfaces of the mask during care, and mask removal and replacement must be done in a careful and deliberate manner.
  3. Prioritize facemasks for:
  1. Provision of essential surgeries and procedures;
  2. During care activities where splashes and sprays are anticipated;
  3. During activities where prolonged face-to-face or close contact with a potentially infectious patient is unavoidable; and
  4. Performing aerosol generating procedures, if respirators are no longer available.
  1. Exclude healthcare providers at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 from contact with known or suspected COVID-19 patients.

 


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