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Regulations Update

Marci Pederson, RN, BSN, Nurse Educator/Consulannt, Avera Education & Staffing Solutions

Starting this month I will have a regulations update every month in the new Solutions Blog. Check in regularly for other blog entries from our consultants.

My topic this month is regulation F441—Infection Control. This regulation has tremendous importance for our long-term care residents. According to the Guidance for Surveyors, “Infections are a significant source of morbidity and mortality for nursing home residents and account for up to half of all nursing home resident transfers to hospitals. Infections result in an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 hospital admissions per year at an estimated cost of $673 million to $2 billion annually. When a nursing home resident is hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of infection, the death rate can reach as high as 40 percent.”

The original five infection control regulations have been combined into one, but there has been no change in the content. What has changed is the Guidance to Surveyors. The new Guidance is a wonderful overview of what an infection control program should contain.

It is a win/win situation when long-term care staff has access to the new Infection Control Guidance to Surveyors. The information comes from evidence-based references and can be utilized to do a self-assessment of your infection control program or used to develop a new infection control program.

The new Infection Control Guidance to Surveyors contains so much valuable information! In November 2009 I presented the first of two webinars on the new Guidance. This presentation provides the ground work for an infection control program and has been archived for purchase at the low price of $140—click for details. The Next Level – Interpreting the New Infection Control Guidance for Surveyors will be presented February 16, 2010. This webinar covers implementation of an infection control program including preventing/controlling infections, precautions, outbreaks, safe water, hand hygiene, linen handling, MDROs, etc. Click for information or to register call 605-668-8475.

Marci Pederson, RN, BSN

Marci Pederson, RN, BSN

As a former health facilities senior surveyor, Marci served a variety of health care facilities. Her experience includes nursing education, medical/surgical nursing, psychiatric nursing, infection control, utilization review and quality assurance.