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How to Develop an Effective and Efficient Infection Control and Prevention Program

July 13, 2020
Healthcare Consulting By Cathy Benfer, Manager Recruitment Services

Senior living facilities have learned by trial and error, over the past four months, just how important it is to have an effective and efficient infection control and prevention program

 

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As the most important customer, residents are also the most vulnerable in this ongoing fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As such, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided many tools and guidance necessary to implement and/or improve upon existing infection control and prevention programs.

LW Consulting, Inc (LWCI) can provide assistance in developing or reviewing infection control and prevention programs as well as education for staff. LWCI’s infection control services include infection control mock surveys, environmental review for infection control, reviewing infection control documentation, audits of antibiotic stewardship and facility observation for infection control. Let us take a look at some of the basics.

Senior living facilities should:

  • Identify an Infection Preventionist per F-Tag 882.
  • Complete the facility assessment related to infection prevention and surveillance
  • Compare the facility infection prevention assessment against the overall facility assessment to review your type of resident population
  • Complete a facility risk assessment to identify how likely specific infections are to occur using the CDC facility assessment guide. This assessment will also include the current and potential personal protective equipment (PPE) need for the facility.
  • Present the results of the assessments to the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) committee.
  • Educate staff on assessment results which should also include return demonstrations. Remember to tailor the education to the specific attendees.

Once your facility has developed an effective and efficient infection control and prevention program, continued diligence in identifying potential risks and ongoing staff education should occur.

If your facility needs help developing its infection control and prevention program or needs assistance with improving an existing program, contact LW Consulting, Inc. We can provide assistance or perform an infection prevention audit to assess your plan.

 

For more information, contact Cathy Benfer at 717-213-3125 or email CBenfer@LW-Consult.com.

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