Summary of CDC recommendations relevant for sleep practices during COVID-19
Updated Jan. 18, 2021
The AASM is issuing this summary to help sleep medicine clinicians implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations in response to the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) advises sleep clinicians to follow the recommendations of the CDC as well as additional policies, guidance and/or mandates from state and local health departments and your local hospital, health system, institution or jurisdictions.
UPDATE – Jan. 18, 2021: Read the January 2021 update from the AASM COVID-19 Task Force for additional information that supplements the following guidance.
The treating clinician, medical leadership, and the patient, taking into consideration the individual circumstances of the patient, staff members, available treatment options, and resources, must make the ultimate judgment regarding any specific care.
Summary of Changes
This summary, developed by the AASM COVID-19 Task Force, is based on current guidance available from the CDC in its Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic. The CDC updated these recommendations on July 15 and reorganized them to include recommended infection prevention and control practices for routine health care delivery during the pandemic. Sleep-related topics from the previous AASM COVID-19 mitigation strategies are now addressed by the AASM COVID-19 Task Force as consensus guidance in the Considerations for the Practice of Sleep Medicine During COVID-19, based on the CDC recommendations updated July 15, 2020.
Framework for Care
The CDC notes that the pandemic has caused the under-utilization of important medical services for patients with non-COVID-19-related urgent or emergency health needs. Therefore, facilities must balance the need to provide necessary services while minimizing risk to patients and health care personnel. Facilities should consider the potential for patient harm if care is deferred when making decisions about providing elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent outpatient visits. Refer to the CDC’s Framework for Healthcare Systems Providing Non-COVID-19 Clinical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic for additional guidance. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also has posted Phase I and Phase II recommendations for reopening facilities to provide non-emergent, non-COVID-19 health care.
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