CDC COCA Webinar: Applying COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Strategies in Nursing Homes * Slides and Recording Available

CDC COCA Webinar: Applying COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Strategies in Nursing Homes * Slides and Recording Available

CDC Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) hosted a webinar on June 16th entitled “Applying COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Strategies in Nursing Homes”. According to CDC, the information in this webinar is applicable to nursing homes, assisted living, and other long-term care facilities. The slides and recording for this webinar are available here: https://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2020/callinfo_061620.asp.  A few key highlights from this training:

  • Designate one or more on-site staff to manage the infection prevention and control program.
  • Program activities include reporting into NHSN; educating staff, residents, and visitors about COVID-19 and facility infection control practices; implementing source control measures; creating plans for testing and for visitor restrictions; evaluating and managing HCP and residents with symptoms of COVID-19; maintaining supplies (hand hygiene, PPE, cleaning/disinfecting products), and implementing a respiratory protection program.
  • Separate residents: COVID+, COVID-suspected, and asymptomatic or presumed COVID-negative. Also have a space for observing new admissions whose COVID status is unknown. Designate staff and space for these cohorts.
  • Minimize room moves. Do not move a resident into your COVID-positive space based on symptoms alone—get a positive test result first if possible. Do not move those individuals into your observation space. Do not move the roommate of a pending resident.

 

Questions?

Contact:

Laura Hofmann, MSN, RN – Director of Clinical and Nursing Facility Regulatory Services
c: 425-231-4804

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