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, October 19 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 COVID-19 updates, definition changes for what is considered up-to-date for COVID-19 vaccination, updates to annual influenza vaccination reporting, and NHSN updates. 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.
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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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International Infection Prevention Week Highlights the Importance of Leadership in IP Programs
International Infection Prevention Week is coming up the week of October 15th-21. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Fundamentals of Infection Prevention.” In this month’s leadership lesson, we will discuss leadership as a fundamental practice for infection prevention (IP).
According to the CDC’s Core Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Safe Healthcare Delivery in All Settings, leadership support is critical for the success of the IP program. Leadership support core practices include:
While many IPs do not hold formal leadership roles within the health care organization, their collaboration with leaders and their influence on others in the facility has a great impact. The APIC Competency Model is made up of six domains, one of which is leadership. The IP acts as a leader in the organization by establishing a vision for the IP program and working with other leaders and colleagues to ensure the goals of the IP program align with the organization’s goals and strategic vision. The IP will develop leadership skills as they advance through their career; however, they will thrive when they have support and mentoring from health care leaders and are empowered to act on their knowledge, skills, and abilities.
During International Infection Prevention Week, I encourage those of you in a leadership capacity in any health care setting to view your infection prevention plan with your facility’s IP. The IP plan should include a description of how leadership supports the IP program, how the IP will continue to expand their knowledge of IP practices and their leadership capacity, and how the IP is a trusted expert and decision-maker through a statement of authority.
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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Prevent Opioid Overdose 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 safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications. Download Resource
Do’s & Don’ts of Pain Medicine - Use this resource to learn how to safely use pain medicine. Download Resource
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CMS Recommends IP Trainings for Nursing HOme Staff
CMS seeks to improve nursing home care and provide opportunities to expand training for infection prevention for all frontline and clinical staff. CMS has suggested the following list of trainings:
Scan the QR code below and complete the assessment to let us know what training you may provide in your facility. We can offer assistance with training program implementation as well. Visit https://bit.ly/NHIPAssessment.
Got questions? Need help? Want more information? Contact Rainmakers Strategic Solutions at 800-950-5636 or email NHIPTraining@rainmakerssolutions.com.
Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Guidelines
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updated the clinical consideration for the COVID-19 vaccines and protection for the circulating Omicron variants and Immunize.org summarized the ACIP meeting recommendations. The CDC posts updates on all the respiratory illness season every week. View Weekly Updates
New Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccination Information Sheet
The CDC published an English and Spanish translation of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) that reflects the 2023 ACIP recommendations for RSV vaccination for adults age 60 years or older using shared clinical decision-making. Remember, Federal law requires a health care professional to provide a copy of the current VIS to all patients before vaccinating with vaccines. Download English Version | Download Spanish Version
Updated Influenza Vaccine Guidelines and Standing Orders
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updated the recommendations for the influenza vaccine. The composition of flu vaccines has been updated for egg-based and cell or recombinant-based vaccines. People with an egg allergy may get any vaccine (egg-based or non-egg-based) that is otherwise appropriate for their age and health status. All vaccines should be given in settings where allergic reactions can be recognized and treated quickly. Immunize.org has created a flyer and standing orders along with the Ask the Experts: influenza webpage for these updated recommendations.
Updated Pneumococcal Vaccine Guidelines
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updated the use of the pneumococcal vaccine for adults aged ≥19 Years in the United States on September 8, 2023. This included the recommendation for the use of PCV15 or PCV20 for adults who have received PPSV23 but have not received any PCV dose, adults who have received any PCV (PCV7) only and adults who are hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. View Pneumococcal Vaccine Updates
Seasonal Immunization Campaign Calendar – READY SET GO
Have you started vaccinating patients/residents and staff and tracking your vaccination rates yet? Pulse checks for October key milestones include ensuring patients/residents and staff are being screened for vaccinations and tracked. Meet with your team and ask them for feedback, recommendations, and acknowledging their contributions. Review trends with the medical director to identify any gaps. 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.