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Preventing the Spread of Novel or Targeted Multidrug-resistant Organisms (MDROs) in Nursing Homes through Enhanced Barrier Precautions

Thursday, October 24, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT

The CDC has announced a webinar on Enhanced Barrier Precautions. This program provides valuable education and resources for the use of precautions to prevent the spread of multi drug resistant organisms (MDROs).  Free continuing education hours are available; please see below for more details and share with your staff. 

Overview: 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.

The 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.

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

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.

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

Join by Telephone:

Webinar ID: 535 497 188

Free continuing education (CE) is available.

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