The Shared Healthcare Intervention to Eliminate Life-Threatening Dissemination of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in Orange County (SHIELD OC) Program, was a CDC-funded public health regional decolonization collaborative to combat the spread of endemic and emerging MDROs across healthcare facilities in Orange County, California. This webinar was hosted on Thursday, March 16, 2:00-3:00 pm ET, Dr. Susan Huang from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) discussed the UCI team’s experience working with 38 healthcare facilities, including 17 hospitals, 18 nursing homes, and 3 long-term acute care facilities that adopted the decolonization strategy. Dr. Huang provided a brief overview of their work, previously discussed on the October 26, 2022 webinar and then focused on strategies and lessons learned. This webinar explored a potential future opportunity for LHD’s to work with Dr. Huang’s team to implement this type of intervention. NACCHO is supporting UCI’s dissemination efforts to train other nursing homes to adopt this effective strategy and hopes to hear from participants their questions, as well as what support would be needed to implement the strategy.
This webinar was open to all members of local health departments as well as other community partners who were interested in this topic.
Are you interested in implementing a decolonization strategy similar to that modeled through the SHIELD OC project in your jurisdiction? If so, what support or resources would you need (TA, funding for staff time, funding for supplies, etc.)? Please submit your questions or comments to [email protected].
The recording of the webinar is available here.
- Webinar slides
- Value and evidence base for universal decolonization in nursing homes sheet
- Process to launch decolonization in nursing homes sheet
- https://www.ucihealth.org/shield where you can find the nursing home toolkit