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Last Updated May 8, 2020

COVID-19

To support pediatric surgical nurses as they address concerns and promote best care during this time, we have put together resources containing information about pediatric and pediatric surgical care and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As additional information becomes available, more resources will be shared.

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Video: APSNA COVID-19 Panel Discussion #2

Video: APSNA COVID-19 Panel Discussion #1

COVID-19 website — New website launched by the government to provide a variety of information and instructions to the public.

Strategies to Optimize the Supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Equipment
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published strategies on the optimization of PPE and medical equipment, such as eye protection, isolation gowns and facemasks https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/index.html.

The CDC has published Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed COVID-19, click here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-guidance-management-patients.html.

Discharge Testing Guidance
The CDC has published interim guidance on the Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Patients with COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-hospitalized-patients.html.

Children's Hospital Association recommendations and resources focused on acute care issues.

CDC information for pediatric healthcare providers and information for general healthcare providers about the coronavirus.

OPENPediatrics Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Group with links for healthcare professionals to access up-to-date information.

CDC Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Novel Coronavirus Reports

CDC Coronavirus guidance for school settings

The following resources may be helpful in addressing the developmental and emotional needs of children and families affected by COVID-19 school and day care closures, milestone activity cancellation, and social isolation related to stay at home orders – obtained from the Society of Pediatric Nursing.

COVID-19 Resources for Pediatric Surgeons & Urologists — from The Hendren Project — The Hendren Project (THP) mission is to provide sponsor-supported digital resources that enable a global pediatric surgical community to help one another better serve children with complex surgical issues. For More on The Hendren Project look here.

This website https://www.hendrenproject.org/node/1884 contains the following information and it is constantly being updated, and includes the following headings of informational resources:

  • THP Webinar Videos on COVID-19 and Pediatric Surgery & Urology
  • Operating Room Preparation and Guidance
  • Visual Guides for Operating Room Preparation and Guidance
  • COVID-19 and Pediatrics
  • Podcasts
  • Current Research
  • General Resources
  • Videos

COVID-19 for Pediatric Surgeons from the American Pediatric Surgical Association Library

This website  contains the following information and it is constantly being updated, and includes the following headings of informational resources:

  • Video addressing the following topics:
    • resource allocation and sharing, credentialing
    • changes to resident training
    • changes to clinical practice
    • personal wellness
  • American College of Surgeons Guidelines
  • COVID-19 Toolkit
  • Resources
  • Helpful Links

American Nurses Association (ANA) Resource page – this is an excellent resource that addresses:

  • advocacy,
  • legislation,
  • infection control and prevention,
  • volunteer resources,
  • mental health and well-being, and
  • research and resources.

Crisis Standards of Care
ANA has issued guidance related to crisis standards of care here. In a pandemic, nurses can find themselves operating in environments demanding a balance between time-limited crisis standards of care and longstanding professional standards of care. This guidance applies to decisions about care made during extreme circumstances such as those resulting from emergencies, disasters or pandemics like COVID-19.

ANA recommends that this guidance be used to inform discussions at the regional and facility level, while also informing nurses about crisis standards of care.

Support for Nurses
The American Nurses Foundation is supporting nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. The Foundation has launched a national fund for the public to address the emerging needs identified by the American Nurses Association to respond to the health threat to nurses posed by the virus.

These include:

  • Providing direct assistance to nurses in partnership with Nurse's House and other organizations
  • Ensuring nurses have access to the latest evidence-based information
  • Driving national advocacy focused on nurses and patients
  • Aiding nurses' mental health and well-being in this unprecedented and long-term stressful environment.
  • This national effort is being kicked off with a $1 million grant from Johnson & Johnson and they will launch a campaign to drive text-to-give contributions. This effort is unfolding in terms of needs and contributions and we will keep you posted.

Support for Businesses

Operating Room and Clinical Supply Resources — https://www.aorn.org/about-aorn/aorn-newsroom/covid-19-coronavirus – The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses has provided a tool kit with regularly updated links to important resources to support decision-making in your perioperative practice.

American Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 Information Page.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.
This legislation, includes a provision permanently authorizing nurse practitioners (NPs) to certify and recertify home health care services for Medicare patients, expands funding for personal protective equipment and provides vital funding to respond to the pandemic. This legislation comes at a critically important time for the health of the nation and our profession as we combat the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). For more information look here https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3548/text

Relief for Employees
U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published additional implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  

The new guidance includes two posters – one for federal workers and one for all other employees – that will fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under the new law.  In addition, the WHD released a questions and answers document about posting requirements, as well as a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy.

Unemployment Provisions
The CARES Act allocates $250 billion to expand access to unemployment benefits.

  • Creates a new program, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to further assist those impacted by COVID-19
  • Provides payments to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits
  • Provides an additional $600 per week payment to each recipient of unemployment insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance up to 4 months, beginning April 1 through July 31
  • Provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits on top of what states already offer

Money for American Families

Americans will receive:

  • $1200 for those who make under $75,000
  • $1200 for heads of household filers who make under $112,500
  • $2400 for joint filers who make under $150,000
  • $500 per child is added to those total amounts for those with a valid SSN number

Who is eligible:

  • Anyone who has a Social Security Number (including welfare beneficiaries, SS beneficiaries)
  • Those who do not have a legal permanent status do not qualify for this money
  • Exceptions are in place for the spouse/child of a military member or adopted child (uses Adoption Tax Identification Number)
  • No tax liability requirement
  • No earned income requirement
  • Non Filers can receive money by:
  • Filing a tax return for 2019 tax year (deadline was extended to July 15)
  • IRS using the SSA-1099 to identify SS beneficiaries who fall below the tax filing requirements

How this Money will Reach You:

  • Taxpayers will receive this money via direct deposit to the account used on the last tax return
  • Those who did not opt-in for direct deposit will likely be sent to last known address on record 
  • People will be notified by IRS through mail to their last known address of how the funds were sent, the total amount given, and a point of contact at the IRS to assist if you did not receive funds. 

Limits for Single Filers:

  • If you make more than $75,000 but under $99,000, the credit will be reduced by $5 for each $100 that surpasses $75,000
  • Individuals who make more than $99,000 do not qualify for this money
  • There may be exceptions for single filers with children

Limits for Joint Filers:

  • If your family makes more than $150,000 but under $198,000, the credit gets reduced by $5 for each $100 that surpasses $150,000
  • All joint filers who make over $198,000 (and have no children) do not qualify for this money
  • There may be exceptions for married couples with children

Limits for Heads of Households:

  • For heads of household who make more than $112,500, the credit gets reduced by $5 for each $100 that surpasses $112,500
  • All heads of households who make more than $146,500 and have one child do not qualify for this money

Tele Health Billing
Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet – this is a useful guide for coverage and payment of virtual services, as well as:

Wellness, Self-Care and Mental Health Resources:

Medicare and Medicaid FAQs and Updates

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners State Practice Resources

Quality Measures, Declaration, Accreditation and other FAQs

Tax Day Extension
Tax filing deadline was extended the from April 15th to July 15th. The U.S. Treasury Department may "defer tax payments, without interest or penalties, for certain individuals and businesses negatively impacted.” This covers a broad range of Americans, including small businesses that file as individuals who owe up to $1M and other categories of small businesses, sole proprietors, and corporations owing up to $10 million.

Student Loans
Federal student loan borrowers can now take a two-month break from payments without incurring interest or penalties.

Eviction Suspension
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was directed to suspend evictions and foreclosures through April.

Price Gouging
President Trump signed an executive order to prevent price gouging, hoarding of medical supplies. FEMA is distributing 8 million N95 respirator masks and 13.3 million surgical masks across the country, focusing on the areas with the greatest need and that the agency has received donations totaling approximately 6.5 million masks from the private sector to help combat this crisis.


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Last updated May 8, 2020