Protect Nursing Homes

Tool to Help Control Infections at Skilled Nursing Facilities

Sep 10, 2021 | Zachary Smith

The Tobin Center at Yale University partnered with the University of California, Los Angeles and the U.S. Digital Response to create a tool measuring staff connections between nursing homes. The free tool, ProtectNursingHomes.org, presents data allowing public health officials and decisionmakers to:

  • Activate an early warning system to let connected nursing homes know when outbreaks occur in facilities with shared staff,
  • Identify hyper-connected nursing homes where levels of connectivity risk may justify elevated monitoring and protective measures, and
  • Prepare for future outbreaks by developing infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines for staff visiting multiple sites.

Nursing homes traditionally share staff across facilities. Research shows staff interconnectivity is a significant driver of infection in nursing homes and may contribute to the spread of COVID-19. People who live in nursing homes are at high risk of being affected by pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2 and Candida auris.

Local health departments (LHDs) play a growing role in IPC activities. LHDs are well-positioned to assess IPC practices, share resources with facilities, and provide education to facility staff.

An overview and demonstration of the tool is available here. More information about the data used in the tool is available here. For questions or comments, email protectnursinghomes@yale.edu.


About Zachary Smith

Zach Smith is a Program Analyst on the NACCHO Infectious Disease team. Learn more about how NACCHO works with local health departments to strengthen their capacity to prevent and control infectious diseases here.

More posts by Zachary Smith

Related Posts

IPC Champion
  • Infection Prevention and Control Champions

Member Spotlight Opportunity: Infection Prevention &...

Nominate yourself or a colleague as a NACCHO Infection Prevention & Control...

May 05, 2021 | Kimberly Nalley

Member Spotlight Opportunity: Infection Prevention &...

Gloves
  • COVID-19
  • Funding Opportunity
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Infectious Disease

Request for Technical Assistance: Infection Prevention...

Apply today! NACCHO is partnering with APIC Consulting Services to provide...

Aug 19, 2021 | Zachary Smith

Request for Technical Assistance: Infection Prevention...

IPC Training Needs Report Image V2
  • Tools & Resources
  • Infectious Disease

New Report: Local Health Department Infection Prevention...

To advance local health department engagement in IPC activities, NACCHO, in...

Sep 08, 2021 | Erin Laird

New Report: Local Health Department Infection Prevention...

Back to Top