learning session, presenter Peg Gilbert

The Nebraska Great Plains Quality Care Collaborative held a face-to-face Learning Session for participating Nebraska nursing homes on June 1 in Lexington and June 6 in Lincoln. This effort is part of the Growing Great Plains Quality Care Collaborative.

“Combating Our Unseen Enemy: Infection Prevention and Control for Long-Term Care Facilities” was presented by subject matter expert, Peg Gilbert, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC, Quality IC, LLC.

The four-hour session provided long-term care professionals with the latest strategies for implementing a successful Infection Prevention and Control program. Participants learned how the environment contributes to disease transmission and how to prevent the spread of infection through standard and transmission based precautions, equipment cleaning and disinfection, injection safety and correct use of personal protective equipment.

Attendees received risk assessment tools, competency evaluation tools and other tools and resources to strengthen nursing home infection prevention and control programs.

The feedback received from Learning Session participants is that face-to-face learning sessions hold great value for learning and sharing of ideas.

Infection Prevention Resources and Upcoming Events

National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship Program

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC): Certification in Infection Prevention and Control, or CIC®, https://apic.org/Education-and-Events/Certification  

“Leading the Way in Infection Prevention” – Infection Prevention Conference
Friday, August 25, 2017
CHI Health – St Elizabeth in Lincoln, NE

Primary Infection Prevention Course
October 12–13, 2017
Storz Pavilion, Clarkson Tower
Nebraska Medicine, Omaha, NE


For more information infection prevention efforts of the Great Plains QIN, visit our Web site.

For more information on our efforts to improve care in nursing homes, visit the nursing home page of our Web site.