GEARING UP FOR THE INFECTION PREVENTIONIST CHANGE
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and CDC are helping facilities ramp up for the infection preventionist change. The agencies are providing free online training for staff. This includes the Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training Course
that offers 23 modules and submodules across a variety of topics, including:
- An overview of the infection prevention and control program
- The role and responsibilities of the infection preventionist
- Infection surveillance
- Outbreak management
- Infection prevention practices such as hand hygiene and antibiotic usage
“This course will provide infection prevention and control (IPC) training for individuals responsible for IPC programs in nursing homes so they can effectively implement their programs and ensure adherence to recommended practices by front-line staff,” according to the site.
The course also offers information about the main activities of an effective program. It includes a detailed explanation of recommended practices to prevent pathogen transmission as well as reduce healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic resistance. In addition, the course offers resources for implementing infection prevention and control best practices, such as training tools, checklists, signs, and policy and procedure templates.
IMPLEMENT BASIC INFECTION PROTECTION
All staff in an LTC facility should be informed and trained on how the infection preventionist requirement affects them and the organization. This includes being educated on how to prevent infections, how to spot them and the protocol for reporting them.
Facilities can take proactive steps to prevent infections. One simple way is for LTC employees to adequately and routinely wash their hands during work shifts. Wearing the proper gloves is another effective way to prevent infections.
The CDC offers standard precautions for patient care to protect healthcare providers from infection and prevent infections from spreading between patients. As the CDC notes, “Germs don’t move themselves. Germs depend on people, the environment, and/or medical equipment to move in healthcare settings.”