CDC Enhanced Barrier Precautions Presentation – October 24, 2019

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

In the United States, nursing homes provide complex medical care to residents at high risk of acquiring multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). Through outbreak responses to novel or targeted MDROs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health partners have found that gaps in infection prevention practices, such as inadequate use of gowns and gloves, contribute to the spread of MDROs. In nursing homes, it can be challenging to implement the contact isolation precautions used in hospitals when caring for patients with MDROs.

CDC recently introduced a new approach called Enhanced Barrier Precautions to help address these challenges. Enhanced Barrier Precautions are recommended for preventing the transmission of novel or targeted MDROs in nursing homes involved in a public health containment response. Enhanced Barrier Precautions fall between Standard and Contact Precautions, and require gown and glove use for certain residents during specific high-contact resident care activities that have been found to increase the risk for MDRO transmission.

During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about Enhanced Barrier Precautions, with a detailed discussion of the residents and high-contact resident care activities for which they apply.   Free continuing education (CE) is available for this COCA Call.

Please note: The slides for this presentation will be posted on the call page under the “Call Materials” tab as soon as they are available.  There is also additional information regarding presenters and how to obtain continuing education credits on the call page.

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019         Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm (ET)

A few minutes before the webinar begins, please click the link below to join:

Or join by iPhone one-tap: US: +16468769923,,535497188#  or +16699006833,,535497188#

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Webinar ID: 535 497 188

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If you are unable to attend this live COCA Call, the closed-captioned video will be available to view on-demand on the call page a few days after the call.

At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  1. Describe the burden of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs).
  2. Describe challenges to preventing MDRO transmission in nursing homes.
  3. Define Standard Precautions, Enhanced Barrier Precautions, and Contact Precautions.
  4. Identify which residents and activities meet criteria for Enhanced Barrier Precautions.
  5. Discuss best practices for implementing Enhanced Barrier Precautions.

The target audience for this presentation is:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians

Briggs has developed an infection prevention/control label for use when Enhanced Barrier Precautions are in place.

This would be a great session for all LTC staff, especially Infection Preventionists.


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