The macro chain of infection is strengthened every time an HCP fails to don PPE or wash their hands.
While infection control resources are often concentrated in large acute care hospitals, the chain of infection is omnipresent throughout the macro health system, including long-term healthcare care and outpatient clinics. Lack of funding, limited staffing and resources, and high HCP turnover often result in insufficient infection prevention programs for many long-term and outpatient care facilities. Poor sub-acute IC programs in turn lead to higher rates of infection and increased patient readmissions to acute care, thus strengthening the macro chain of infection.
CSGI’s goal is to reduce infection risk throughout the macro health system.
CSGI offers a free educational program to all long-term, skilled-nursing, and outpatient healthcare clinics. CSGI’s Education Program Coordinators begin with an assessment of the facility’s infection prevention strategies and policies to identify facility specific strengths and weaknesses with the Director of Staff Development; the assessment in total takes an hour to complete. After the assessment is completed, any weakness found in the facilities infection control policies or practices are discussed with the Director of Staff Development or head of infection control. CSGI educators will then create in-services to meet facility needs (i.e. MRSA infections, Contact precautions, PPE).
What can you expect from your Education Program Coordinators?
Assessment of the long-term or skilled nursing facility’s specific weaknesses and strengths with the Head of Infection Control. The coordinator will discuss the results of the assessment with the head of infection control and go through the facilities current infection control practices and policies and ensure they meet standards. CSGI coordinators will then create in-services to meet facility needs (e.g. MDROs protocols, isolation fundamentals).
Onsite HCP Education
In-services are given either twice a week or twice a month in a designated area within the facility for 30-45 minutes. An evaluation of the staff and department is performed after 3-4 months of in-services to measure facility compliance and improvement of infection control policies and practices. CSGI offers education on the following aspects of infection control: Infection prevention and control basics, nursing facility specific weaknesses, Isolation fundamentals, PPE basics, prevention or cross-contamination, proper guidelines on containing specific organisms, and information on current infection control protocols.
CSGI’s prevention education breaks the chain of infection by targeting systemic transmission vectors within a medical facility, including both clinical and non-clinical spaces. Our education program offers the facilities infection control department an effective and responsive means of communication and infection prevention best practices to facility staff and visitors.
The evaluation identifies improvement in staff compliance and knowledge of infection prevention and control policies. Quizzes will be given when in-services initially begin and 3-4 months after in-services have been implemented at the facility.
Other IC Education Services
Many health care professionals involved with the continuum of patient care are challenged to openly communicate about a patient’s infection, care, and precautions needed. CSGI believes that building a strong working relationship amongst infection preventionist at all levels will ultimately provide better patient outcomes. The Education Program Coordinators will provide frequent meetings to ensure open lines of communication between acute care, long-term care, and outpatient facilities.