Accreditation The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Designation Statement: The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of management 1.5 credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: Nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities have been identified as critical partners to engage in the efforts to reduce and prevent healthcare associated infections (HAI). This session will describe several new resources available to support infection surveillance and prevention activities by nursing homes and discuss how use of these resources will support a facility’s performance improvement program.
Discuss the new infection surveillance definitions for long term care facilities (LTCFs) and how they have changed from previous guidance.
Describe the infection surveillance opportunities available in the new LTCF Component of the National Healthcare Safety Network.
Discuss how new infection prevention resources could be used to support a nursing home’s quality assurance and performance improvements (QAPI) program activities and relate to national priority areas for nursing homes outlined in the new long term care chapter of the National Action Plan for HAI elimination.
Speaker(s): David A. Nace, MD, MPH, CMD; Lona Mody, MD; Nimalie D. Stone, MD, MS; Karen Hoffman, RN, BSN, MS FSHEA
Reference(s): Stone ND, Ashraf MS, Calder J, et al. Surveillance Definitions of Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities: Revisiting the McGeer Criteria, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Oct. 2012 [in press]