Some Dentists Must Report PPE Inventory

We apologize for this late notice but we received this only this past weekend:
The Santa Clara County Public Health Officer issued an order April 8 requiring all individuals and entities within the county to report to the public health department by April 15, 2020 all Personal Protective Equipment inventories greater than the amounts specified in the order, which are listed below. This order includes dentists, although it applies only if you have quantitites of the items below at or exceeding the numbers indicated.
The inventory is to be reported to the department on their website. The survey can be accessed here: www.sccphd.org/cv19ppe
According to the Public Health Department, the goal of this one-time inventory inquiry is to 1. Know what supplies currently exist in the County.
2. Appropriately plan for a potential hospital surge.
3. Ensure the health and safety of frontline medical workers and patients.
To the extent that you are required to travel to assess your inventory, this order allows temporary exemption from the county’s Shelter-in-Place order while also encouraging you to comply with the Social Distancing Requirements.
This order does not require you to turn in any PPE. However, should you wish to donate what you have, donations of brand-new, sealed PPE or ventilators in any condition can be made through VMC Foundation. Additional information about this donation opportunity can be found on the SCCDS website, https://sccds.org/donate-unused-ppe-from-your-practice/.
You must report inventory if in amounts greater than:
  • Nitrile gloves (if more than 5,000 items)
  • Vinyl gloves (if more than 5,000 items)
  • Medical-grade N95 masks (if more than 500 items)
  • Non-medical grade N95 masks (if more than 500 items)
  • Surgical or procedure masks (if more than 500 items)
  • Safety goggles with extensions to cover the sides of eyes (if more than 100 items)
  • Face shields that cover from ear to ear and down to the chin (if more than 100 items)
  • Long-sleeved protective gowns of any type (if more than 100 items)
  • Long-sleeved protective coveralls of any type (if more than 100 items)
  • Hair-covering bonnets of any type (if more than 500 items)
  • Shoe coverings of any type (if more than 500 items)
  • Bleach wipes (if more than 100 containers)
  • Sani-Wipes or Sani-Cloths (if more than 100 containers)
  • Small or medium hand sanitizers greater than 8 oz. that are recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as effective in combatting COVID-19 (if more than 100 containers)
  • Gallon or larger hand sanitizers that are recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as effective in combatting COVID-19 (if more than 10 containers)
  • Clinical Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) hoods (if more than 2 hoods)
  • Clinical PAPR complete systems minus hoods (if more than 2 systems)
  • Controlled Air Purifying Respirator (CAPR) complete systems minus disposable parts (if more than 2 systems)
  • CAPR disposable lenses (if more than 10 items)
  • CAPR disposable cuffs (if more than 10 items)
  • CAPR shrouds or hoods (if more than 10 items)
  • Critical care ventilators (including high frequency ventilators), excluding those limited to neonatal use
  • Transport/portable ventilators, excluding those limited to neonatal use
  • CPAP/Bi-PAP devices approved for invasive use
  • Anesthesia machines
  • Novel ventilators with FDA Emergency Use Authorization
Again, if you have PPE of the type and quantities listed above, you must report this information using the Santa Clara County Public Health website by April 15, 2020.

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