CMS Publishes Specialized Infection Prevention and Control Training for Nursing Home Staff

PUBLISHED: Mar 13, 2019
Relevant to: Long Term Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have collaborated on the development of a free on-line training course in infection prevention and control for nursing home staff. The course includes information about the core activities of an infection prevention and control program, with a detailed explanation of recommended practices to prevent pathogen transmission and reduce healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic resistance in nursing homes.

Additionally, this course provides the following implementation resources:

  • Training tools
  • Checklists
  • Signs
  • Policy and procedure templates

The course is approximately 19 hours long and is made up of 23 modules and submodules. The modules can be completed at any time, in any order, and over multiple sessions, depending on the learner’s schedule. In order to receive continuing education for the course and a certificate of completion, learners must complete all modules and pass a post-course exam.

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According to CMS, healthcare-associated infections can result in considerable harm or death for residents in long term care facilities and increased costs for the healthcare system. Growing concerns over infection control issues in facilities led to the revised requirements for participation. These requirements were phased in over a 3-year period. The broader infection prevention and control program was effective November 28, 2016, and outlined the specific components of an effective infection prevention and control program (IPCP) including a system for preventing, identifying, reporting, investigating, and controlling infections and communicable diseases for residents and staff.

By November 28, 2017, facilities were required to develop an antibiotic stewardship program to combat the growing concern of multi-drug resistant organisms. Effective November 28, 2019, the final requirement includes specialized training in infection prevention and control for the individual(s) responsible for the facility's IPCP.

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