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Princeton Place Did Not Always Comply With Care Plans for Residents Who Were Diagnosed With Urinary Tract Infections (A-06-17-02002)
Princeton Place did not always provide services to Medicaid-eligible residents diagnosed with UTIs in accordance with their care plans, as required by Federal regulations. Specifically, Princeton Place staff did not always document that they monitored the residents' urine appearance at the frequencies specified in their care plans. Princeton Place did not have policies and procedures to ensure that its staff provided services in accordance with its residents' care plans. As a result of Princeton Place not following residents' care plans, the residents were at increased risk for contracting UTIs and for incurring complications from UTIs, including requiring hospitalization.
EVS personnel play a critical role in preventing the spread of germs and healthcare-associated infections
“EVS and the Battle Against Infection” is an interactive graphic novel illustrating the important role of EVS personnel in the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. The online version of the training tool features real-world infection prevention and control scenarios and allows participants to choose options that affect the outcome of the story.
Healthcare professionals are the first line of defense against healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and the spread of germs in healthcare settings. CDC now offers a new online interactive infection control training, “Let’s Talk Patient Safety: Reducing HAI Transmission Risk,” to help healthcare professionals identify infection risks and prevent the spread of HAIs. The training provides free continuing education for healthcare professionals, including nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, health educators, and other clinicians. (0.1 CEU and 0.6 CNE).
The free online training can be completed anywhere. It has two modules and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the entire training.
Module 1: “What’s the Risk?”
This interactive module transports healthcare professionals into a scenario where they must identify infection risks and take action to protect patients, colleagues, and visitors.
Module 2: “Chain of Infection”
This story-based interactive module challenges professionals to break the chain of infection in a busy healthcare environment and educates them on the consequences of not following infection prevention and control recommendations.
Please join Christine LaRocca, MD and the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign to learn more about sepsis, who is at risk and the signs and symptoms for early detection. In addition, we will:
· Review examples of sepsis screening tools commonly used in hospital settings;
· Learn what tools to use while recognizing the limitations of sepsis screening tools in the nursing home population; and
· Understand the elements of evidence-based treatment for optimal outcomes.
National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign Staff Stability Webinar
Staff Stability allows a community to benefit from experience and knowledge that staff gain over time, increasing the overall competence and confidence of staff, while building strong bonds between residents and caregivers. Please join us to explore approaches to creating a culture of staff stability, including what tools to use for tracking progress, as well as additional resources the Campaign has made available to support you on this journey.
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued two new reports that address the identification, reporting and investigation of incidents of potential abuse and neglect of our nation's most vulnerable populations, including seniors and individuals with developmental disabilities. OIG issued an early alert in 2017 based on the preliminary findings of this work. Our resulting work, released in June 2019, identify thousands of Medicare claims that indicate abuse and neglect of beneficiaries, including beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities. If you suspect someone is the victim of abuse or neglect, contact law enforcement immediately.
CMS Could Use Medicare Data To Identify Instances of Potential Abuse or Neglect
Incidents of Potential Abuse and Neglect at Skilled Nursing Facilities Were Not Always Reported and Investigated
Multidrug-resistant Candida auris:
Update on Current U.S. Epidemiology, Clinical Profile, Management, and Control Strategies
Candida auris (C. auris) is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. CDC is concerned about C. auris for 3 main reasons:
Most C. auris cases in the United States have been detected in the New York City area, New Jersey, and the Chicago area. Clusters of cases have also recently been described in Florida, Texas, and California. C. auris cases in the United States are originally a result of inadvertent introduction into the United States from a patient who had received healthcare in a country where C. auris has been reported. Most cases now are a result of local spread after such an introduction.
During this COCA Call, CDC presenters will
Nursing home-specific guidance from the CDC
Nursing homes should follow all of the same recommendations listed for general acute care hospitals and high acuity post-acute care settings. Additional considerations are as follows:
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Training
Section Navigation2019 LTCF Annual Training
Join us Tuesday, July 9th – Thursday, July 11th, 2019 for the 2019 National Healthcare Safety Network’s (NHSN) Annual Training for Long-term Care Facilities held on the CDC campus in Atlanta, Georgia
The NHSN Long-term Care Facility (LTCF) training is open to current NHSN LTCF users, as well as LTCF facilities interested in enrolling in NHSN. The training will provide participants the information and tools necessary to identify, report, and analyze the following:
· Clostridioides difficile infections (CDI)
· Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO)
· Urinary tract infections (UTI)
· Prevention Process Measures – Adherence to gown and glove; hand hygiene adherence
Two hands-on lab sessions will be available for attendees who are interested in learning how to analyze data within the NHSN application. Space for these sessions are limited and require additional registration.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear various presenters discuss strategies to implement antibiotic stewardship, infection prevention, and internal data validation. The NHSN User Support team will join us during the week to offer attendees onsite support.
The CDC has begun using Clostridioides difficile instead of Clostridium difficile to refer to the bacterium that commonly causes infectious diarrhea.
The change followed a decision early last year by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI).
Given that laboratories and medical publications may be transitioning to the new name, the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign is making the transition when using the full name. However, the abbreviated form C. Diff is still applicable.
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