Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, & Long-Term Care Facility Infection Prevention and Control
November 30, 2022 -
 September 27, 2023
Select Wednesdays
11:30 AM -
 12:30 PM

It is estimated that 1 to 3 million serious infections occur every year in skilled nursing, assisted living, and long-term care facilities.

Join us to learn how to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and the spread of communicable disease through surveillance, education, treatment, prevention, and control. 

Led by a multidisciplinary team of leaders working in Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and Long-Term Care Facilities and infectious disease experts, we aim to strengthen your skills to develop a quality Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Program that meets regulatory standards, and provides tools to detect, prevent, and respond to COVID-19 and other infectious pathogens.

We are commited to maintaining the safety and wellbeing of staff, patients, and residents. The SNF-LTC IPC ECHO is rooted in best practice IPC protocols and evidence-based guidelines to provide safe, equitable, and culturally appropriate care.

All current SNF, ALF, and LTC clinical and non-clinical leadership staff are encouraged to participate in (24) virtual ECHO sessions via Zoom and (4) on-site, in person Train-the-Trainer sessions hosted at the CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, NJ.

Series Leaders

  • Lydia Cristobal, DNP, LNHA, FACHE, NEA-BC, GERO-BC, RN, Transitional Care Unit Administrator, Carepoint Health, Hoboken University Medical Center
  • John P. Mills, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Hospital Epidemiologist, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital 
  • Joshua Raymond, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Associate Professor Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Geriatric Fellowship Program Director-Centra State, Medical Director, Manor Nursing Facility 
  • Lauren Snedeker, DSW, LCSW, Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers School of Social Work, Coordinator for the Aging and Health Certificate Program
  • Patricia Worth, DNP, RN, APN, NEA-BC, CIC, Post-Acute Health Care and Infection Prevention and Control Consultant (LTC, SNF, ALF) 

Learning Objectives

After participating in this ECHO, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Program that meets regulatory standards
  • Recall foundational IPC principles and strategies in the healthcare environment
  • Explain how to detect, prevent and respond to COVID-19 and other infectious pathogens
  • Develop training materials for use with staff on how to consistently use personal protective equipment. practice hand hygiene and perform environmental cleaning and disinfection.
  • Employ effective communication strategies with peers, staff, patients, and families
  • Support specialized staff training to effectively assess patients and provide safe, equitable, and culturally appropriate patient-centered care

Continuing Education Accreditation

To view the CE Accreditation for CME, CNE, Social Work, and LNHA/CALA Credits, click here.

Additional Information

This ECHO is made possible through funding the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has received from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Contol and Prevention (CDC) under the following legislative authority:

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, P.L. 117-2, through CDC’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Cooperative Agreement (CK19-1904), as a program-initiated component funding under ‘Nursing Home & Long-Term Care Facility Strike Team and Infrastructure Project’

Sessions

How to Develop an Infection Control Program According to State & Federal Regulations 
Wednesday • November 30, 2022
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
The Role of the Infection Preventionist  
Wednesday • December 07, 2022
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Train-the-Trainer: Patient Assessment Skills, SBAR & Rounding in the Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Environment
Friday • December 16, 2022
10:00 AM
- 1:00 PM
Facility Surveillance to Support your Infection Prevention and Control Program   
Wednesday • December 21, 2022
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Leadership Role in Infection Prevention and Control Rounding   
Wednesday • January 04, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Outbreak Response Investigate, Control, and Prevent the Spread of Infection in the Facility   
Wednesday • January 18, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Maintaining Patient Safety During an Outbreak    
Wednesday • February 01, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Train-the-Trainer: Transitions of Care: Preparing for New Admissions & Discharges
Friday • February 10, 2023
10:00 AM
- 1:00 PM
Mitigating Staffing Shortages During a Public Health Emergency   
Wednesday • February 15, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Viruses, Visitation & Vaccination What is the Current State & Federal Requirements  
Wednesday • March 01, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Developing a Respiratory Protection Program According to State Regulation   
Wednesday • March 15, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Infection Prevention & Emergency Preparedness   
Wednesday • March 29, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Maintaining Infection Control while Providing Direct Care   
Wednesday • April 12, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Train-the-Trainer: Screening for Mental Health, Dementia, and Substance Use Disorders
Friday • April 21, 2023
10:00 AM
- 1:00 PM
Medication Administration Infection Prevention Considerations  
Wednesday • April 26, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Annual Survey Readiness Sanitation & Infection Control Focused Tags 
Wednesday • May 10, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
MDROs and Enhanced Barrier Precautions   
Wednesday • May 24, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Antibiotic Stewardship in SNF LTC  
Wednesday • June 07, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Maintaining Infection Control with Outside Providers During Transitions of Care 
Wednesday • June 21, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Food Safety & Effective Environmental Services Teams in the SNF and Long-Term Care Setting   
Wednesday • June 28, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Emotional and Organizational Support for Staff   
Wednesday • July 12, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Train-the-Trainer: Medication Management Precautions and Polypharmacy
Friday • July 21, 2023
10:00 AM
- 1:00 PM
Preparing SNF LTC Staff for Unique Patient Needs   
Wednesday • July 26, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Effective Communication Leadership, Staff, Patients, and Families   
Wednesday • August 09, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy Among Staff  
Wednesday • August 23, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Screening Patients Residents for Mental Health & Dementia   
Wednesday • August 30, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Advanced Care Planning in Light of the Pandemic   
Wednesday • September 13, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM
Preparing Staff for Post-COVID Syndromes
Wednesday • September 27, 2023
11:30 AM
- 12:30 PM