Is Your Nursing Home Ready to Handle the Demands of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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

If you missed this National CMS/CDC Nursing Home COVID-19 Training session on July 23, 2020, you can access the presentation slides and associated resources here.  The recording of the session will be posted to this same site within a couple of days.

CDC staff discussed the COVID-19 Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) tool that was developed to support nursing homes preparing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Health departments, QIN-QIOs and other partners can use this tool to help assess infection prevention practices and guide quality improvement activities through technical assistance to providers. During the discussion, the CDC shared examples of ways that providers and partners have worked together to identify opportunities and strategies to improve Infection Prevention Control (IPC) implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can access the CDC version of the ICAR here (Briggs is working on an adapted version which should be available very soon at this same location).  

As this webinar began, it was announced that the self-paced course for nursing homes will be available by the end of August (please review my July 23rd blog to see this reference means.  I cover this later in that blog beneath Trump Administration Announces New Resources to Protect Nursing Home Residents Against COVID-19).  The 23-course infection series can be accessed and pre-registered for here.  This course will be held every Thursday (except for Thanksgiving) and will run through January 7, 2021. You can also find this information in my July 21st blog

I encourage you and your team to participate in these training sessions.  They are offered at no charge and will provide updated information regarding management of COVID-19 in your community.  They are also excellent opportunities for your Infection Preventionist(s) to keep up to date and lead your IPCP.