There are between one and three million serious infections in long-term care facilities annually, contributing to hospitalization, morbidity, mortality, and increased healthcare expenditures. As many as 380,000 people die of these infections each year. As a result, CMS revised nursing home requirements for participation to include an infection control and prevention program. To comply with the new requirements, skilled nursing care providers needed training to establish and implement high quality, standardized programs.
Under a contract with the CDC, Econometrica partnered with Qualidigm to develop content for a comprehensive web-based infection prevention training program. The nursing home training covers over 16 hours of self-directed content and is free of charge to providers. Topics include establishing an infection prevention program, infection surveillance and reporting, handling outbreaks, precautions, safety, cleaning, vaccines, employee health, antibiotic stewardship, and integration with the quality assessment and assurance committee.
Training designed for new infection preventionists is expected to result in effective programs that reduce serious infections and associated morbidity, mortality, and costs for nursing home residents and staff.