Navigating COVID-19 Outbreaks In Long-Term Care Facilities: A Comprehensive Approach

Welcome to Prism Health Lab,

where we prioritize the health and well-being of long-term care (LTC) facility residents. Despite the expiration of the public health emergency in May 2023, challenges persist, with 15.6 % of LTCs in Illinois reporting at least a 2% COVID-19 positivity rate among residents (as of December 1, 2023). Our mission is to empower LTC management teams with effective outbreak management strategies, emphasizing testing, treatment, and timely response.

 

Key Considerations

In addressing COVID-19 outbreaks, PRISM outlines crucial considerations for LTC management teams:

  • Swift Action: Mobilize testing, isolation, and treatment protocols within 24-48 hours of a suspected outbreak.
  • Technology Integration: Select cutting-edge technology for convenient sample collection,screening for respiratory ailments, including COVID-19, Influenza A/B, and RSV.
  • Coordinated Medical Care: Implement Test to Treat efficiently, ensuring comprehensive care for residents.

Unlocking the Crucial Role of Long-Term Care in Safegaurding Vulnerable Aging Populations

Long-term care (LTC) is key to maintaining and improving the quality of life of vulnerable aging populations, both in residential and home care settings. The rising proportion of elderly individuals in the population has resulted in a consistent rise in the demand for long-term care services. They often require intimate care and support, which leaves them susceptible to easily transmitted infections like COVID-19. Understanding the unique characteristics of the LTC population is important because the proportion of COVID-19 deaths and infections that occurred in nursing homes is high. Early in the pandemic, advancing age was identified as a strong risk factor for COVID-19 mortality. Overall, in the United States, it was reported that approximately 80% of deaths from COVID-19 were in individuals over the age of 65.

Prism Health Lab

Prism Health Lab presents these considerations after managing numerous outbreaks in LTC facilities and other congregate settings. Give us a call at (888) 977-4086 or send an email to LTCSTAT@prism.org to learn more.