Protecting our residents against infection
Updated: Jan 15
The health of our residents is our top concern. Requirements for greater infection control in skilled nursing homes have been phased in over the last 3 years by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and outlined an effective infection prevention and control program. This program includes systems to prevent, identify, report, investigate and control infections and communicable diseases for SNF residents and staff. In 2017, SNFs were required to develop an antibiotic stewardship program to combat multi-drug resistant organisms. The final phase was implemented in November 2019 and includes a 19-hour course in infection prevention and control.
Edgerton Care Center has a designated Infection Preventionist (IP) on staff who has completed this training which includes tools, checklists, signs, and policies and procedures for infection prevention.
Some of the many training topics our IP is trained on include:
Principles of standard precautions
Point-of-care blood testing
Preventing respiratory infections
If you have questions regarding infection prevention or the prevention measures we employ, please call our administrator at 608-884-1617.