With frequently updated guidance from federal and state agencies, we are continuously hearing the most current information on how to protect our residents from COVID-19 with best practice infection control. Keeping all members of the team informed of the most recent processes may appear to be a daunting task; however, with the uptick in COVID-19 cases in nursing homes and CMS administrator Seema Verma stating concern, it’s a great time to review how we can keep our residents, staff, and selves safe.
Reliant has created a 4-step approach to Take CARE with Infection Control:
When considering implementation, identify appropriate hand hygiene frequency, PPE based on type of precautions, and items and equipment that need routine cleaning and disinfection. Be attentive to sequenced steps and processes for hand hygiene, donning and doffing PPE, and cleaning. In order to ensure reliability, commit to self and peer accountability and implementing PPE peers using return demonstration. To monitor effectiveness of implementation, assess and adjust processes as necessary.
Download and review CMS’ latest Infection Control Survey Guidance (released 8/26/2020) as a guide.
By working together as an interdisciplinary team and holding each other accountable for best practice infection control practices, we can minimize the spread of COVID-19 within our facilities. Practice extreme diligence and caution with infection control and prevention processes.
CLICK HERE for more information on Reliant’s Take CARE with Infection Control initiative.