Electronic personal protective equipment: A strategy to protect emergency department providers in the age of COVID-19

Robert W. Turer, Ian Jones, S. Trent Rosenbloom, Corey Slovis, Michael J. Ward

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Abstract

Emergent policy changes related to telemedicine and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act during the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic have created opportunities for technology-based clinical evaluation, which serves to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) and protect emergency providers. We define electronic PPE as an approach using telemedicine tools to perform electronic medical screening exams while satisfying the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. We discuss the safety, legal, and technical factors necessary for implementing such a pathway. This approach has the potential to conserve PPE and protect providers while maintaining safe standards for medical screening exams in the emergency department for low-risk patients in whom COVID-19 is suspected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)967-971
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • emergency medicine
  • EMTALA
  • medical screening exam
  • personal protective equipment
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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