New long-term care infection prevention skills pledge tool

A new long-term care (LTC) infection prevention skills tool titled “Take the Pledge” is available on APIC’s LTC web page. The tool encourages facility leaders, frontline staff, residents, and family members to adhere to four key technical skills for preventing infections in LTC facilities — hand hygiene, environmental cleaning, standard precautions, and antimicrobial stewardship.

The LTC pledge tool was developed by APIC and Health Research and Educational Trust under contract to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as  part of the train-the-trainer materials for the AHRQ Safety Program for Long-Term Care: HAIs/CAUTI. This AHRQ-funded project focuses on reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and other healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in nursing homes and LTC facilities. 

LTC facilities can customize the tool by adding their logo in the bottom left-hand corner. Download the tool.