Directive Regarding Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

March 20, 2020

To All UCSF Research Faculty and Staff:

The supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for clinical care at UCSF is critically limited and the reliability of supply chains is uncertain. The UCSF community must do all that is possible to avoid a situation in which our front-line medical providers are without adequate protection (masks, gowns, gloves, face-shields, etc.) in caring for COVID-19 positive patients and PUIs.

Therefore, this communication directs all UCSF research faculty and staff to limit PPE use to only those research visits that can be combined with clinical visits and be conducted by team members required for clinical care (i.e., not research-only staff).

I also remind you of the following interim policy and guidance.

We recognize the impact this directive may have on medically essential research. Research teams are asked to consider this directive and work with clinical staff as appropriate in the planning of research visits essential to the health and well-being of participants in the inpatient and ambulatory settings as per interim policy and guidance.  Of course, safety remains a vital priority at UCSF. If you have questions about the appropriate use of PPE, please contact EH&S.

Please direct questions about this directive to [email protected].


Lindsey A. Criswell, MD, MPH, DSc
Vice Chancellor of Research
Jean S. Engleman Distinguished Professor of Rheumatology
Rheumatology Division Chief