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The Joint Commission and CDC conduct study to help reduce nursing home infection rates

The overall goal of a 12-month study being conducted by The Joint Commission’s Department of Health Services Research is to prevent health-care associated infections that occur in nursing homes. The study is supported by a research contract from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative.

The CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), a free measurement system for infection rates at U.S. health care facilities, will be used to track infections, identify problematic trends, measure infection-control progress, and help decrease health-care associated infections in nursing homes.

According to The Joint Commission, more than 1.5 million U.S. nursing home residents are at risk for common infections and preventable adverse events as a result of infection. The results of this study will allow policy makers to understand the level of nursing homes’ preparedness for standardized infection measurement in their facilities, as well as contribute to increased quality of care and performance improvement.

Feeling nervous about survey day? HCPro will help your facility implement an effective and compliant infection control program! In Infection Control: How to implement an effective approach for long-term care, Brian Garavaglia, PhD, provides information and guidance regarding:

  • CMS’ regulations to F441, infection control
  • The most up-to-date government regulations in an easy-to-apply format
  • Staff training in-services
  • Sample policies, procedures, and forms to help facilities stay compliant and promote resident well-being
  • Tips for teaching patients and caregivers about infection control