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COVID-19 Clinical Protocols | Professional Resources

VNSNY has developed these clinical protocols to guide our staff to safely and effectively care for COVID-19 positive patients. We are making this information available to other home care agencies and our health care partners to support their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will update this page as new information becomes available.

Please note that guidance from federal, state, and local government authorities is changing rapidly, and we are working as quickly as possible to update our protocols to reflect the latest clinical guidelines as they emerge. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of information based on the date it is made available (in parentheses) and we urge you to consult one of the agencies below for additional information.

VNSNY Suggested Clinical Protocols for COVID-19

Click the titles to view or download PDFs of each protocol:

Patient Care Protocol for COVID-19 Positive, Suspected (Symptomatic) and COVID-19 Negative Patients: Home Care and Hospice (UPDATED: June 25, 2020)

Protocol for Donning and Doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (UPDATED: May 6, 2020)

Protocol for the Limited Reuse and Extended Use of N95 Respirators and Face Shields (April 28, 2020)

COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidelines (UPDATED: June 25, 2020)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Competency Checklist (April 2, 2020)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidelines for Home Health Aides

COVID-19 PPE Guidelines for Home Health Aides (April 22, 2020)

COVID-19 PPE Guidelines for Home Health Aides – IN SPANISH (April 22, 2020)

COVID-19 PPE Guidelines for Home Health Aides – IN CHINESE (April 22, 2020)


How to Don and Doff PPE for COVID-19+ Recovering Patient (April 3, 2020)

How to Don and Doff PPE (March 31, 2020)

Federal, State, and Local Government Guidelines

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information for Healthcare Professionals

NYS DOH Information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) — Information for Providers

NYC DOH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — Information for Providers

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