Preparing nursing homes for a second wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

A. Rekha Murthy, Jennifer A. Hanrahan, Sonali D. Advani, Muhammad Salman Ashraf, John P. Mills, Lona Mody, David K. Henderson, Mary K. Hayden, David J. Weber, Sharon B. Wright, Hilary Babcock, Judith Guzman-Cottrill, Sarah D. Haessler, Clare Rock, Trevor Van Schooneveld, Corey Forde, Latania K. Logan, Anurag Malani

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Among deaths related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States, 40% have been linked to nursing homes.1,2Nursing homes commonly have limited access to infection prevention and control (IPC) experts, and they are set up so that IPC duties are performed by a nursing home staff member or an infection preventionist with other responsibilities and little protected time. During the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing homes have faced challenges including inadequate infrastructure to support isolation units, difficulties in securing timely diagnostic testing, high staff turnover, space limitations, personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, and frequently evolving guidance for prevention and treatment of COVID-19. This report outlines suggested models for collaboration, configuration, and controls to facilitate optimal preparedness and response for nursing homes during this pandemic and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1251-1254
Number of pages4
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 20 2021


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