While waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine’s widespread distribution, SARS-CoV-2 “variants of concern” have begun to circulate in the United States. Home care and hospice clinicians must keep their infection prevention and control knowledge and skills current while caring for patients with COVID-19 in the home.
Review the latest infection prevention and control strategies based on the current CDC recommendations and OSHA regulations, and receive practical, best-practice recommendations for preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 when caring for a patient in the home. Topics include PPE, potential compliance issues, preventing secondary household SARS-CoV-2 transmission, managing equipment, supplies brought into the home, and more.
Mary McGoldrick, MS, RN, CRNI® has been a pioneer in the field of infection prevention and control in home care and hospice for the past 25 years, with seminal works published on infection prevention and control for the home health and hospice industries. Mary is a Home Care and Hospice Consultant for Home Health Systems, Inc., which she founded in 1989. She provides domestic and international home care and hospice consulting services on infection prevention and control strategies, accreditation standards, and serves as an Infection Preventionist for home health agencies and hospices. Mary is also a contributing author to the "Infection Prevention" column for the Home Healthcare Now journal.