• CDC Infection Prevention and Control Assessment (ICAR) Tool for Nursing Homes Preparing for COVID-19 UPDATED (11/20)

    CDC Infection Prevention and Control Assessment (ICAR) Tool for Nursing Homes Preparing for COVID-19 UPDATED (11/20)

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    Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) tools are used to systematically assess a healthcare facility’s infection prevention and control (IPC) practices and guide quality improvement activities (e.g., by addressing identified gaps).

    This tool is an update to the previous ICAR tool for nursing homes preparing for COVID-19. Notable changes as of November 20, 2020 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

    This updated ICAR tool is a longer but more comprehensive assessment of infection control practices within nursing homes. Due to the addition of example recommendations to aid the facilitator during the process of conducting an ICAR, the facilitator guide version of the tool appears even longer. Facilitators may decide whether to use the tool in its entirety or select among the pool of questions that best fit their jurisdictional needs and priorities as part of quality improvement efforts.

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  • Residents With Acute Respiratory Symptoms? CDC Testing and Management Considerations When SARS-COV-2 and Influenza Co-Circulate (11/20)

    Residents With Acute Respiratory Symptoms? CDC Testing and Management Considerations When SARS-COV-2 and Influenza Co-Circulate (11/20)

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    This document contains practices that should be considered when SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza viruses are found to be co-circulating based upon local public health surveillance data and testing at local healthcare facilities.

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  • CMS Podcast: Nursing Home Series for Front Line Clinicians and Staff (11/20)

    CMS Podcast: Nursing Home Series for Front Line Clinicians and Staff (11/20)

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    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is releasing the first episode in a series of short podcasts for frontline nursing home staff “CMS Beyond the Policy”.

    This edition is titled “Nursing Home Series for Front Line Clinicians and Staff.” Dr. Shari Ling, Deputy Chief Medical Office for The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and geriatrician is joined by David Wright, Director of the Quality Safety & Oversight Group to discuss training and infection control practices in nursing homes to help combat the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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  • CDC STRIVE Infection Control Trainings (11/20)

    CDC STRIVE Infection Control Trainings (11/20)

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    The following CDC infection control training courses are part of the new States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement (STRIVE) curriculum intended for the infection prevention team, hospital leaders, clinical educators, nurse and physician managers, environmental services managers, all patient care staff, and patient/family advisors.

    These training courses were developed by national infection prevention experts led by the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    All courses are free and offer continuing education (CE).

    The STRIVE curriculum will include over forty individual training modules grouped into 11 courses that focus on Foundational and Targeted infection prevention strategies. 

    Foundational Infection Prevention Strategies

    · Competency-Based Training 

    · Hand Hygiene 

    · Strategies for Preventing HAIs 

    · Environmental Cleaning 

    · Personal Protective Equipment 

    · Patient and Family Engagement – WB4226

    · Building a Business Case for Infection Prevention – WB4227 

      Targeted Infection Prevention Strategies

      • Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) – WB4222
      • MRSA Bacteremia – WB4228
      • Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) – WB4229
      • C. difficile Infection (CDI) – WB4230

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