VCU Health Nursing Home ECHO

In the Fall of 2020, the Virginia Center on Aging received an award from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund for VCU to join the National ECHO Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network.  Funding was provided by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the University of New Mexico's ECHO Institute.  For this project, VCoA partners with VCU Health and the VCU School of Medicine, Geriatric Medicine.

Project ECHO uses telemedicine to help providers to learn from specialists to manage care for their complex patients. VCU is joining a network to rapidly deploy ECHO programs to train and support nursing home staff on best practices for protecting patients, staff, and visitors from deadly coronavirus infection and spread.

As of Fall 2020, nearly one-quarter of the known COVID-19 deaths in the United States were nursing home residents and staff.  Other goals include: preventing greater spread should the virus enter the nursing home; providing best-practice care and treatment for residents who test positive for COVID-19; protecting staff from infection, and ensuring best-practice safety measures to help staff build confidence in their work, feel safe from infection, and support staff retention; and ensuring that residents who are dying from COVID-19 can safely receive visitors. 

For more information, visit the VCU Nursing Home ECHO page.