Updated Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the COVID-19 Pandemic (CDC)

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

On May 8, 2023, the CDC provided updated IPC recommendations for HCP.

This guidance applies to all U.S. settings where healthcare is delivered, including nursing homes and home health.

With the end of the public health emergency on May 11, 2023, CDC will no longer receive data needed to publish Community Transmission levels for SARS-CoV-2.  This metric informed CDC’s recommendations for broader use of source control in healthcare facilities to allow for earlier intervention, to avoid strain on a healthcare system, and to better protect individuals seeking care in these settings.

As described in CDC’s Core IPC Practices, source control remains an important intervention during periods of higher respiratory virus transmission. Without the Community Transmission metric, healthcare facilities should identify local metrics that could reflect increasing community respiratory viral activity to determine when broader use of source control in the facility might be warranted (See Appendix).