Dear Partners in Care,
We have seen a tremendous interest in our Quarterly webinars as well as the presentations for some of our corporate clients related to Infection Management and Antibiotic Stewardship. This link and these handouts were mentioned and referenced in one of our last presentations and we wanted to take this opportunity to share them with all of you.
Here is the link to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) which has some great documents that will serve you related to surveillance. (https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/ltach/index.html)
Below is the link from the CDC’s Antibiotic Stewardship page. This is a GREAT page for you to find documents to assist you and your team with education as you begin framing your antibiotic stewardship program. (https://www.cdc.gov/longtermcare/prevention/antibiotic-stewardship.html)
Also remember to refer to the new State Operation Manual (November 2017) with the updates from the Final Rule. This is a critical document for every facility management team to have, as it contains the updated F-Tags. You should note that the new Infection Control tag, F880 (previously F441) has been significantly updated.
And lastly, remember to look at the infection prevention and control and antibiotic stewardship pilot survey that is being done this year. The surveyor worksheet in this document is very important for your program developers and management to review, as it guides the surveyor to review the building’s antibiotic stewardship program, which will be mandated for facilities to have in place by November 28, 2017 – just a few weeks away!
Please reach out to your AMT representative for education related to this or other topics pertinent to wound care and infection management.
Enjoy your week!
Lynn Tabor MS, RN, WCC
Director of Education & Training