The New Rules for Participation state that by November 2019 nursing home Infection Prevention and Control Programs (IPCP):

“Must have a system for preventing, identifying, reporting, investigating, and controlling infections and communicable disease for all residents, staff, volunteers, visitors, and other individuals providing services under arrangement based upon the facility assessment conducted according to §483.70 and following national standards.”

Your facility should have a registered NHSN user for the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) – the nation’s most widely used healthcare-associated infection (HAI) tracking system.

Hear guest speaker Angela Craig for two trainings to re-engage nursing home staff’s infection tracking and surveillance efforts.

Guest Speaker
Angela Craig, APN, MS, CCNS is an experienced ICU Clinical Nurse Specialist at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Tennessee where she leads the hospital’s sepsis prevention program.

Part 1: Tracking C. diff
Learn how tracking C. diff in NHSN can help with consistency and benchmarking for your IPCP. Review how to identify C. diff, how to accurately report it, and how to enter data into NHSN. Angela will share a helpful diarrhea algorithm and the Bristol Stool Scale. She will also cover hand washing, antibiotic stewardship and appropriate testing.

Part 2: Preventing CAUTI
Learn how tracking CAUTI in NHSN can help with consistency and benchmarking for your IPCP. Review the criteria for a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and how to prevent these infections. Angela will discuss the McGeer Criteria and how that can be used in your facility.