Implementing COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures in long-term care settings
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Implementing COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures in long-term care settings

Jennie Walker Principal lecturer and programme manager, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your knowledge of infection prevention measures to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

  • To understand how to manage an outbreak of COVID-19 in long-term care settings

  • To contribute towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had far-reaching and significant effects worldwide. Many of those identified as most vulnerable to the disease reside in long-term care settings such as nursing and residential homes, so infection prevention and control is an essential area of practice. This article describes how COVID-19 is transmitted and discusses various measures that can be taken to reduce the spread of infection to protect residents, staff and visitors. Such measures include social distancing, routine screening, the use of personal protective equipment and cleaning.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2022.e1384

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Correspondence

jennie.walker@ntu.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Walker J (2022) Implementing COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures in long-term care settings. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2022.e1384

Published online: 09 March 2022

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