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Understanding Enhanced Barrier Precautions
April 3, 2024 - 1 to 2 p.m.
1 hour
JoAnn Adkins, BSN, RN, CIC, LTC-CIP, FAPIC, Infection Prevention Advisor, Patient Safety Authority

Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP) are an evidence-based best practice designed to reduce the spread of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) by expanding the use of gloves and gowns during high-contact resident care activities, especially for those at increased risk of acquiring or spreading an MDRO. EBP were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2019 and are now regulated.

This webinar will discuss the targeted, high-risk pathogens which require EBP, the components of EBP, and when to institute them.

On March 20, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance for state survey agencies and long-term care (LTC) facilities on the use of EBP to prevent the spread of MDROs (QSO-24-08-NH Enhanced Barrier Precautions in Nursing Homes).

Recommendations now include use of EBP for residents with chronic wounds or indwelling medical devices during high-contact resident care activities, regardless of their MDRO status.

The new guidance related to EBP is being incorporated into F880 Infection Prevention and Control.

Please add EBP into your practice if your facility is not currently using them. Patent Safety Authority infection prevention advisors (IPA) are available to answer any questions about EBP that you may have. Access the IPA coverage map and contact information here.