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

The Live Event Scheduled for 01/30/2020 at 2:00 PM (EST) has been Cancelled

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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 webinar, clinicians and facility leadership will learn about Enhanced Barrier Precautions, with a detailed discussion of the residents and high-contact resident care activities for which they apply.

Objectives: 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.


Nimalie Stone, MD, MS
Team Lead, Long-Term Care Team
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kara Jacobs Slifka, MD, MPH
LCDR United States Public Health Service
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


This Live Component has been cancelled.