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Infection Prevention

Reporting in NHSN

Using the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) may better position your nursing home for hospital partnerships and  future reporting requirements.

Learn more about how Qualis Health can help you with NHSN.

Many of the best practices for identifying, tracking, and preventing infections are the same across various healthcare settings. Several of the tools listed below were developed for use in other settings but can be readily adapted to long-term care. Some are flagged as being specific to skilled nursing facilities.


Antimicrobial Stewardship

SNF-Specific

Nursing Home Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide
AHRQ

SNF-Specific

Core Elements of Antimicrobial Stewardship for Nursing Homes
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2016 Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit, Speaker Handouts
Northwest Hospital Alliance
 

Condition-Specific Resources

C. difficileShow detail

SepsisShow detail

Urinary tract infections (Listed on a separate webpage)

All other infectionsShow detail


Handwashing

Handwashing is the number one thing all can do to protect yourself, as well as your residents and their families, from infection. A recent Wall Street Journal article called out the benefits for using the World Health Organization’s technique to train healthcare personnel.

Use Qualis Health's "hand hygiene huddle" to engage residents and their families in infection prevention. has also done recent projects to encourage participation by hospital patients and families in handwashing.

Immunizations

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Resource Libraries

SNF-Specific

Resources from the CDC related to infection prevention in long-term care facilities, from clinical resources to resident and family education.

Infection Prevention (IP) Tools
 

Potential Local Partners

Your local health departments can be valuable partners regarding infection prevention. Find contacts for Idaho and Washington.

Training

Nursing home regulations require the facility infection control officer have relevant training. Places to start include:

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology Association (SHEA)

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)