Key Points

  • We are collecting and curating information to help clinical professionals stay up to date during this crisis
  • We now have guidance for both hospitalized patients and outpatients
  • Please be aware of the dates the documents were created. We are working to keep this page updated, but they may not be the latest versions

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Inpatient Care Recommendations Contents

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Treatment Recommendations from Infectious Diseases

Document Date
Complete Treatment Guidance (PDF) 5/19/2020
Supplementary Documents 
Liver and COVID-19 (PDF)   
Risk Stratification of COVID (PDF) 4/10/2020
Statin Rationale (PDF) 4/10/2020
QTC Monitoring Guidance (PDF) 4/20/2020
FAQs (PDF) 4/20/2020
Figure 1: Schematic Layout of Treatment Algorithm (PDF) 5/19/2020
COVID-19 Treatment: A Primer with Talking Points for Patients and Families (PDF) 5/2/2020
Background on Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19 (PDF)  4/25/2020
Infection & Steroids on Immunotherapy (PDF)  5/19/2020
Task Force Members (PDF)  3/23/2020

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Document Date
Critical Care Guidance (PDF) 4/5/2020
COVID ICU Guidance for Critically Ill Pregnant Patients (PDF) 4/3/2020
Weaning and Extubation Guidance (PDF) 4/28/2020
COVID-19 Sedation Summary Guidance (PDF) 4/28/2020
Strategies for Weaning Analgesia and Sedation (PDF) 4/29/2020
Supplementary Documents 
Figure 1: Visual Summary (PDF)  4/14/2020
FAQs about these guidance  
Related Resources 
BWH/MGH ICU Guidance (PDF) for the respiratory care of patients on strict isolation (PDF) 3/3/2020
Critical Care Triage (PDF) 3/20/2020
ECMO Protocol During COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF) 3/20/2020
COVID-19 ECMO Cannulation Strategies (PDF) 3/20/2020
Prone Positioning Protocol for Intubated Patients (PDF) 4/8/2020
Prone Positioning Protocol for Non-intubated Patients (PDF) 4/2/2020
Peep Titration (PDF) 4/15/2020
Guidelines for Performance of Tracheostomies During COVID-19 (PDF) 4/23/2020

Treatment Guidance from Hematology

Document Date
Hematology Issues during COVID-19 (PDF) 4/30/2020
Mass General COVID-19 Anticoagulation Algorithm (PDF) 4/16/2020

Serious Illness Conversation

Document Date
Basic Guide for Serious Illness Discussion (PDF) 4/1/2020
Talking about CPR with Very Sick Patients (PDF) 4/1/2020
EOL Symptom Management (PDF) 4/2/2020
Opioid Decision Tree for Treatment of Dyspnea (PDF) 4/2/2020
Compassionate Ventilator Discontinuation Protocol (PDF)  4/9/2020

Surge Resources: Inpatient Medicine Guidance

Document Date
Common Inpatient Topics (PDF) 4/8/2020
Teaching on Resident Services (PDF) 3/24/2020
IV Access and Blood Draw Algorithm, Including PICC Screening (PDF) 3/25/2020
Inpatient Medicine Quick Start Guide (PDF) 4/8/2020

Infection Control Guidance

Document Date
Guidance for Patients with Suspected Viral Respiratory Illness Including Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19 in Emergency Department, Inpatient, Ambulatory and Peri-procedural Locations (PDF) 4/10/2020
Guidance On Extended Use and Reuse of N95 Respirators, Surgical Masks, Procedural Masks and Eye Protection (PDF) 5/8/2020
List of Aerosol Generating Procedures (PDF) 5/21/2020
Guidance on Fit Check and Fit Testing of N95 Respirators (PDF) 3/25/2020
Guidance on Transport and Movement of Patients with Viral Respiratory Illness Within the Hospital (PDF) 3/27/2020
Partners Healthcare Return to Work Criteria for Health Care Workers (PDF) 5/20/2020
Guidance on Non-Hospital Issued N95 Respirators, Surgical Masks and Procedural Masks (PDF) 3/23/2020
Work Attire and COVID-19 (PDF) 3/24/2020
Guidance on Screening Before Home Visits and Home Visit PPE (PDF) 4/16/2020
Guidance on COVID-19 Exposure Investigations and Contact Tracing (PDF) 5/14/2020
Directions for Caring for a Family Member with COVID-19 (PDF) 4/14/2020
Criteria for Resolution of COVID-19 Infection Status for Patients With Confirmed COVID (PDF) 5/20/2020
Universal Mask Policy (PDF) 5/8/2020
Guidance for Non-Clinicians Working in Patient Areas (PDF) 4/30/2020
Transportation Guidelines for COVID-19 Positive Patients AND Patients Under Investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19 (PDF) 4/1/2020
Visitor Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF) 5/22/2020

Donning PPE 
Doffing PPE
Nasal Swab collection 
Surgical Mask Respiratory Isolation Personal Protective Equipment for Reuse 
Removal of a Face Mask to Eat/Drink and Re-use 
Patient Transport for COVID-19
3M N95 Fitting Instructions: Respirator & Surgical Mask 1860 1860S
Gerson 1730 N95 Respirator: Donning, Seal Check and Doffing
Gerson 2130 N95 Respirator: Donning, Seal Check and Doffing
Halyard Fluidshield N95 Respirator: Donning, Seal Check and Doffing
How to Doff an ILC Dover Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) with Long Hood in Strict Isolation
How to Doff an ILC Dover Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) with Short Hood Strict Isolation
Removal of a Face Mask to Don an N95 Respirator
Proper Way to Use Alcohol-Based Hand Rub
Donning Gown over Extended-Use Face Mask and Eye Protection
How to Tie a Surgical Mask