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How to Prepare for the Next Phases of Infection Prevention Management

While it is undeniable that COVID-19 elevated visibility of facility struggles with infection control, these difficulties persisted long before the pandemic revealed their existence.

When CMS updated their infection management program, it required all organizations to have an Infection Preventionist.

The regulations have continued to progress with training, implementation of programs, and audits for infection.

With increased focus on and progression of infection control measures and new survey requirements, organizations can anticipate that infection control will continue to be a topic that demands both action and attention.

Below, we explore three strategies that helped our customers through the challenges of infection control practice.

Unify Staff and Resident Tracking

Historically, staff and resident data are separated. When this information is unified, however, users gain a whole-facility view of the individuals entering their doors.

With this widened lens, organizations can now see a complete view of staff and residents in one location, providing data that is housed in one central location, rather than disparately among systems.

Standardize Evidence-Based Processes and Data

Assuring that your organization is adhering to Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines or recommendations on topics like antibiotic stewardship makes defending your infection control process easier.

With standardized processes and standardized data across all buildings, you can rest assured in uniformity of infection control practice, regardless of your organization size.

Improve Antibiotic Stewardship with Easy-to-Use Tools

PointClickCare’s Infection Prevention Control (IPC) solution is enabled with antibiotic stewardship dashboards that can guide best practices.

When implemented, IPC enables organizations to complete an Antibiotic Timeout that when completed forces clinicians to re-evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of the antibiotic, reducing likelihood of unnecessary prescriptions.

By following best practices built into the IPC workflow, your organization can lay the foundation for better resident outcomes and more options for medications when they are truly needed. While infection control regulations will likely evolve, by harnessing the power of solutions like IPC, your organization can prepare for tomorrow’s demands today, ensuring success in the present and the future.

Learn more about how PointClickCare can help you standardize your infection control practice.

November 10, 2022