Nursing Home Readmission Affinity Group: Reducing Facility-Associated Infections and Hospitalizations Related to UTIs
*ANCC credits will be awarded*
Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. ET
This healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention webinar will discuss interventions to reduce urinary tract infections (UTIs) in nursing facilities. The session will specifically discuss evidence-based clinical and infection prevention strategies to prevent UTIs in residents. This session will also provide resources to improve multidisciplinary collaboration between the infection preventionist, nursing staff, clinicians, and medical directors. Register Here
Thursday, November 16 at 2 p.m. ET | 1 p.m. CT (60 min.)
**ANCC and NAB credit awarded**
Join the monthly Shop Talk sessions hosted by the Alliant patient safety team. Attendees will receive updates on the NHSN database and CMS requirements. This month, we will discuss new updates to NHSN reporting. There will also be a live question-and-answer session to help with your immediate needs. Submitting data accurately into NHSN will help you more confidently plan your risk assessments and quality improvement initiatives.
Join the Alliant Health Solutions-LTC NHSN Group!
Joining the group and conferring rights to Alliant Health Solutions-LTC to view NHSN data allows for seamless support and technical assistance.
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National Family Caregivers Month: Celebrating and Honoring the Contributions of Caregivers
As health care workers, we dedicate years or perhaps decades to improving the lives of the patients we serve. We learned how to interact with our residents, patients and their caregivers. However, what happens when we become the caregiver of a loved one? Are we happy with the outcomes, or does the experience motivate us to create change?
November is National Family Caregivers Month. It is a time to recognize and honor caregivers, raise awareness around caregiving issues, and provide support. Families are often the primary source of support for older adults and people with disabilities. In fact, more than 53 million family caregivers provide unpaid care.
As leaders, we must spread the message that family caregivers should be celebrated and supported. Often, our health care employees are caregivers on two fronts: their patients and their loved ones. Let’s start the conversation in our facilities by inviting employees to talk about what caregiving means to them. It is important to share their experiences and hardships. We can also offer an opportunity for the families and caregivers of our residents and patients to share their stories on social media.
To honor what caregivers do every day, visit the National Council on Aging website for celebration ideas, social media posts, educational resources and more. Let’s lift up the caregiver’s voice in celebration and let them proudly proclaim, “I am a caregiver.”
AHRQ Stats: COVID-19 Visits and Age-Related Disparities in 2020
In 2020, 3.8% of civilian, noninstitutionalized Americans had a COVID-19-related medical visit or prescribed medicine purchase. Adults between the ages of 18 and 64 were more likely to receive treatment for COVID-19 (over 4.5%) than children ages 5–17 (1.5%). Learn More
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Tune into the Alliant Health Solutions Making Health Care Better podcast every other Thursday as they interview guests committed to making health care better. If you are a health care consumer, provider, insurer, system or consultant, this is the podcast for you. View All Podcast Episodes
2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain
The CDC developed trainings to educate clinicians about the 2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain and assist clinicians and other health care personnel in providing patient care. The trainings for health care professionals supports clinicians providing pain care in outpatient settings, including those prescribing opioids for patients with acute, subacute, or chronic pain. View Trainings
Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths With Naloxone
Clinicians play an important role in raising awareness about naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when given in time. Visit the CDC’s naloxone website to learn how to talk with patients about naloxone and reduce their risk of opioid overdose. You can also earn free continuing education credits. Visit Website
Medication Reconciliation Tips for Providers & Staff – Use this resource as a guide to completing med rec. Download Resource
Medication Review Tip Sheet for Patients – Email or print this resource to give to your patients. Download Resource
Medicine Disposal - Use this resource to dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications safely. Download Resource
Do’s & Don’ts of Pain Medicine - Use this resource to learn how to use pain medicine safely. Download Resource
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Guide To Implement an Infection Prevention Training Plan
Alliant’s goal, under the direction of CMS, is to improve nursing home care and provide opportunities to expand training for infection prevention for all frontline and clinical staff.
Follow the links below to access available tools to guide your facility through infection prevention training plan implementation for frontline staff:
Preparing for the Upcoming Respiratory Virus Season
The CDC’s Office of Readiness and Response released a slide presentation, transcript and YouTube video on Preparing for the Upcoming Respiratory Virus Season: Recommendations for Influenza, COVID-19, and RSV Vaccines for Older Adults. This presentation provides key points for clinicians to use when discussing these respiratory viruses with older adults and clinical considerations for administration. View Presentation | View Transcript | View Video
New Resource: Tips to Improve Vaccination Rates in Home Health Services
Alliant Health Solutions created a one-page resource for home health services to serve as a quick reference for tips to increase vaccination throughout the home health episode, starting on admission, during the episode of care and as part of the discharge planning process. View Resource
Seasonal Immunization Campaign Calendar – READY SET GO
Have you started celebrating any key milestone targets met? If not, check in with your operational and physician champions for their feedback and new strategies to reapproach individuals who have not been vaccinated. Assure all new resident admissions are being reviewed for immunizations. So, let’s go! The Seasonal Immunization Campaign Calendar has resource links for planning and easy reference to meet your goals. In addition, the comprehensive Toolkit for Increasing Influenza Vaccination Rates in Nursing Homes is a great resource.