Reducing Urinary Tract Infections in Nursing Homes

Reducing Urinary Tract Infections in Nursing Homes

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) can cause more problems than just pain or discomfort. They can contribute to falls, delirium and can even lead to sepsis. It’s important to know what signs and symptoms to look for in your residents, but more importantly you need...
Oral Health To Prevent Pneumonia in Healthcare Settings

Oral Health To Prevent Pneumonia in Healthcare Settings

Pneumonia is the one of the most common healthcare-associated infection in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), non-ventilator healthcare associated pneumonia (NV-HAP) is estimated to make up 65% of all...
Developing an Antibiotic Stewardship Program for Long-Term Care Providers Training

Developing an Antibiotic Stewardship Program for Long-Term Care Providers Training

Antibiotic Stewardship: The right antibiotic. The right dose. The right duration. The right time. Did you know? Up to 75% of antibiotics prescribed in nursing homes are considered inappropriate or unnecessary.¹ Antibiotic stewardship refers to a set of commitments and...
3 New Q-Tips For Your Ears Podcast Episodes | Listen Today

3 New Q-Tips For Your Ears Podcast Episodes | Listen Today

Looking for health care information and quality resources? We added a few more episodes to our new podcast series: Q-Tips For Your Ears. This podcast is designed for everyone – healthcare professionals, patients and family members; sharing basic healthcare information...
Stop Sepsis | Sepsis Toolkit For Skilled Nursing & Long-Term Care

Stop Sepsis | Sepsis Toolkit For Skilled Nursing & Long-Term Care

Sepsis remains the #1 diagnosis for admissions and readmissions and is the #1 facility-acquired infection related to hospitalization in North Dakota and South Dakota.  Understanding the early signs or the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) is vital for all...
Unmasking Pneumonia: A Closer Look at Symptoms, Types and Prevention

Unmasking Pneumonia: A Closer Look at Symptoms, Types and Prevention

Pneumonia is a common lung infection caused by germs, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It can be a complication of the flu, but other viruses, bacteria and even fungi can cause pneumonia. Pneumonia and its symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Treatment depends...
Higher Risk of C.diff Infection with Combined Antibiotic & Proton Pump Inhibitor Use

Higher Risk of C.diff Infection with Combined Antibiotic & Proton Pump Inhibitor Use

Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI), is a type of bacterial infection that causes diarrhea, abdominal pain, and sometimes life-threatening complications. CDI has been most associated with antibiotic use, which can disrupt the normal balance of gut bacteria and...
Updated Community Data Reports [Q2 2023]: Addressing Gaps, Achieving Growth and Quality Improvement

Updated Community Data Reports [Q2 2023]: Addressing Gaps, Achieving Growth and Quality Improvement

The Great Plains QIN team strives to improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes. We work with partners and community coalitions to identify areas for improvement, which include reducing avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions, including those caused by...