Monday, June 1, 2020

CDC Website Updates

On May 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated several of their webpages to be reflective of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updates on reopening guidance. The three webpages that were updated include: 

Below is a summary of what was changed. Review your infection prevention & control procedures to ensure they are consistent with the latest guidance.

  • Tiered recommendations to address nursing homes in different phases of COVID-19 response 
  • Added a recommendation to assign an individual to manage the facility’s infection control program – this is new. CDC strongly feels that “Facilities should assign at least one individual with training in IPC to provide on-site management of their COVID-19 prevention and response activities”, because of the breadth of activities for which an Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) program is responsible, including developing IPC policies and procedures, performing infection surveillance, providing competency-based training of HCP, and auditing adherence to recommended IPC practices. 
  • Added guidance about new requirements for nursing homes to report to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) 
  • Added a recommendation to create a plan for testing residents and healthcare personnel for SARS-CoV-2. Note, AHCA/NCAL provided recent guidance on testing which incorporate the latest from CDC. 
  • Additional descriptive information for certain areas like universal source control, hand hygiene, optimization of PPE, and the COVID unit section based on common questions received including: 
    • Removed language to move residents with symptoms or suspect COVID to an observation unit, if one was available, as this has been a point of confusion and has not been feasible for most facilities.
    • CDC recommends creating a COVID unit for residents with confirmed COVID and, if possible, an observation area for new admissions with no known COVID history (those with known COVID would go to COVID unit), but recommend that if possible those with symptoms or suspect COVID-19 go to a private room. Testing should be prioritized for these individuals and, if positive, they would move to a COVID unit. PPE should be worn

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