Infection prevention education for long-term care offered at 2017 Academy

Course dates and location: Monday and Tuesday, October 2-3, Marriott River Center, San Antonio, TX

EPI® 101 for Long-Term Care (LTC) is a two-day, instructor-led face-to-face course at APIC Infection Prevention Academy that is a tailored version of APIC’s gold standard EPI® 101 course, which focuses on the building blocks of infection prevention and control knowledge in the acute-care setting. EPI® 101 for LTC is the first face-to-face learning component of the full EPI® 101 for LTC Certificate Series, designed for health care facility directors in response to newly published federal regulations which expand CMS infection prevention and control conditions of participation.

The course is the first step in providing those working in long-term care with a baseline of infection prevention and control knowledge and handling infection prevention challenges unique to the long-term care practice setting. It is taught by two highly experienced faculty, Deb Patterson Burdsall, PhD, RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC; and Steven Schweon, RN, MPH, MSN, CIC, HEM, FSHEA, FAPIC.

EPI® 101 for LTC covers new provisions to the CMS Medicare and Medicaid Programs Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities, also known as the Mega Rule. All facilities have to be compliant by November 2019. The new rule aligns with current HHS initiatives, which include reducing the incidence of healthcare-acquired infections, facility Assessment and antibiotic stewardship, activities specific to infection control, and specialized training for infection preventionists.

View course agenda.

Topics include:

  • State and federal regulations for infection prevention and control
  • Facility infection risk assessment
  • Quality improvement and environmental services
  • Surveillance definitions and NHSN
  • Infectious diseases and associated pathogens
  • Infection prevention program management

Learning objectives include, but are not limited to:

  1. Discuss the proposed changes in LTC infection prevention and control requirements.
  2. Describe the CMS Medicare and Medicaid Programs Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care facilities (the Mega Rule) as they relate to infection prevention and control programs in long-term care.
  3. Determine what resources are necessary to care for residents competently during both day-to-day operations and emergencies.
  4. Explain the role of the environment in transmission of infection and learn about the collaborative approach between infection prevention and environmental services for quality improvement.
  5. Identify some of the most common infectious diseases of interest to the infection preventionist and their associated pathogens.
  6. Describe the diagnosis, transmission, clinical presentation, prevention and control of these infectious diseases as well as post-exposure follow-up when it is indicated.
  7. Describe the role of surveillance in the Infection Prevention and Control Program and practical applications of recommended practices that can be utilized by the IP in his/her surveillance program.
  8. Describe the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) LTC components and modules.

For registration and hotel information, visit the Academy website.