hospital settingOur Licensing, Preparedness and Healthcare-Associated Infections shops joined forces with APIC Consulting Inc. to provide a free day-long event to provide training to skilled nursing facilities about how to prevent  healthcare-associated infections.  The training will be based on the Infection Preventionist’s Guide to Long-Term Care.

The goals are to help healthcare providers to:  1) identify infection prevention challenges in the long-term care setting; 2) teach the basics of infection prevention; 3) better understand the essential components of an effective infection prevention program; and 4) better understand the management of multidrug-resistant organisms.

Infection Preventionists from skilled nursing facilities will learn key concepts and basic principles for infection prevention and how to deliver tools and evidence-based interventions to reduce risk in healthcare facilities…helping us to achieve targeted improvements in public health outcomes as part of our strategic plan.

The 2014 Arizona Long-Term Care Infection Prevention and Control Collaborative is scheduled for today at the Black Canyon Conference Center.  The event will highlight Division of Licensing data and opportunities, ADHS Outbreak and Exposure Protocol, surveillance, isolation precautions, seasonal influenza, best practices to prevent infections, environment and equipment to name a few.  It’s a great opportunity for you to connect with partners and exchange information and knowledge of current infectious disease topics.