A New Look at the Underlying Causes Within the Profession
ITC - July 2015: The need for infection prevention, as a multidisciplinary function, is a longstanding and widely acknowledged component of safe healthcare. Accreditation and regulatory standards specify that this function must be an organized program coordinated by an individual qualified to assure that the necessary assessments, priorities, key metrics are achieved. Click/Tap on the image to read more from the Infection Control Today's - July 2015 issue.
Key Practice Strategies to Reduce CAUTI (Click/Tap on the Left Side Graphic - Image 1):
Utilizing the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Streamlined Evidence-Based RN Tool: Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Prevention (Click/Tap Image on the Right - Image 2):
We know that an outbreak in a facility can overwhelm staff, which can affect the usual routine for everyone. As Infection Preventionists, we need to be pro-active in being prepared for the flu and norovirus season that can lead to outbreaks. Emergency Management’s phases of preparedness can be used by IPs to be prepared for unforeseen events that have the potential to be disastrous to staffing. In the following we discuss: Prevention; Mitigation; Preparedness; Response; and Recovery.
LTCF Phase III Coming to Your Facility, Soon
Phase I: Acute Care Hospitals– Addresses most common infections found in the ACH inpatient setting. Policy options for linking payment incentives or disincentives to quality of care and enhancing regulatory oversight of hospitals. This HAI Action Plan includes five-year goals for eight specific measures of improvement in HAI prevention.
Phase II: Ambulatory Surgical Centers, End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities, and Increasing Influenza Vaccination among Health Care Personnel. Extending its scope to the outpatient environment and addressing the health and safety of health care workers, as well as the risks of transmission of influenza from health care personnel to patients.