CDC Updated ICAR tool for Nursing Homes

CDC Updated ICAR tool for Nursing Homes

CDC has updated the Infection Prevention and Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) tool for nursing homes. Remember, the ICAR tool is not required like the CMS COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes is, but is a valuable resource to assist nursing homes in preparing for and responding to COVID-19. Updates include:

  • Additions to reflect updated guidance such as SARS-CoV-2 testing in nursing homes
  • Increased emphasis on the review of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use and handling
  • Addition of sections to help guide a video tour as part of a remote TeleICAR assessment or in-person tour of a nursing home
  • Addition of an accompanying facilitator guide to aide with the conduction of the ICAR and create subsequent recommendations for the facility




Laura Hofmann, MSN, RN – Director of Clinical and Nursing Facility Regulatory Services
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