Preventing and Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections

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Infection Prevention Toolkit Now Available

The Home Health Infection Prevention Toolkit contains resources and best practices to help reduce Acute Care Hospitalization (ACH) or Emergency Department (ED) visits related to wound, urinary tract and respiratory infections. The Toolkit was developed to meet a gap in infection prevention resources for home health agencies, but can be utilized in all care settings.

The Toolkit also contains resources for immunizations, antibiotic stewardship, patient and family education, risk assessment and surveillance, sepsis and others. Access the Toolkit today; share with your colleagues and partners.


Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are a threat to patient safety and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Healthcare infection prevention has always been a focus of our prevention efforts. To help slow the global threat of antibiotic resistance, we are assisting outpatient healthcare providers and nursing homes develop or strengthen antibiotic stewardship programs.

Hospital Innovation and Improvement Networks (HIINs), including hospital associations and hospital systems, will continue to work with hospitals to help them reduce healthcare-acquired infections.

For more information on our efforts, visit the Great Plains QIN Antibiotic Stewardship page.


Improving Infection Rates in Nursing Homes

Great Plains QIN is partnering with nursing homes across the region to prepare them for future quality reporting requirements, improve infection control practices and improve resident outcomes. Participating nursing homes are using the NHSN (National Healthcare Safety Network) to track CDI (Clostridium dificile) rates as well as receiving tools, resources and education for infection prevention, control and communication.

For more information, visit the Great Plains QIN Nursing Home Care page.

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Training Events

Feb 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Home health agencies will learn how to utilize data sources to identify causes of acute care hospitalization and emergency room utilization as well as process improvement areas to reduce infections related to hospitalization and emergency[...]
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Presentation Handout   Sepsis is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection. It can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis is difficult to diagnose. It happens quickly[...]
Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  Presentation slide handout Overview and Purpose: Join Peg Gilbert as she reviews the list of top ten common areas for infection prevention improvement and the evidence-based best practices for addressing them.  Participants will be[...]
Jun 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This event has been canceled; we apologize for any inconvenience. Overview and Purpose: This webinar will outline and discuss the importance of a team effort in creating an effective infection prevention program and how it[...]
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey Overview Presenter:  Barbara Speedling CMS announced changes to the Federal survey process in March 2020 in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. The full scope of these changes[...]
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Developing an efficient, organized approach to keeping pace with the evolving regulations relative to infection control and preventing the spread of COVID-19 is the focus of this session. Systems for monitoring policy revisions, staff education[...]
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
While clinical infection control practices are vital in preventing the spread of COVID-19, maintaining a safe and sanitary environment of care is equally important to minimizing the spread of the virus. The revised standards for[...]
May 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Establishing an Infection Prevention Program and conducting ongoing Infection Surveillance in the Nursing Home Please join us for a new National Nursing Home Training Series! This will be a weekly series focused on infection prevention[...]
Jun 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Through the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosts a weekly webinar series (every Thursday, 3 – 4 pm CT, through July 16) to provide training for infection[...]
Documents & Resources

External Resources
CDC Get Smart Programs
CDC's Safe Healthcare Blog 
CMS Ambulatory Surgical Care Infection Control Worksheet
Infection Prevention and You
One and Only Campaign
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Safe Injection Course

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