Learning Session Four
The National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative’s Learning Session Four was a series of four presentations in August 2017 on the subjects of antibiotic stewardship and C. difficile management. Pre-work was recommended for these learning sessions. The sessions were recorded and links to the videos, PDF handouts, and pre-work suggestions are listed on this page.
Long term care experts define antibiotic resistance and identify strategies to decrease the development and spread of antibiotic resistance.
Pre-work is recommended for Session 1:
Session 1 has been recorded and uploaded to YouTube.
Long term care experts describe the etiology (cause) of C. difficile and when to test. Then they define treatment and discuss prevention strategies.
Pre-work is recommended for Session 2:
Session 2 has been recorded and is available on YouTube.
Long term care experts explain the importance of antibiotic stewardship and define the 7 Core Elements of antibiotic stewardship for nursing homes. Then they identify steps to implement these core elements in your nursing home and monitor your program’s progress.
Pre-work is recommended for Session 3:
Session 3 has been recorded and is available on YouTube.
Christopher Crnich, MD, PhD, MS, describes the relationship between C. difficile infections and antibiotic stewardship, and then describes the fundamentals and first steps in initiating an antibiotic stewardship program.
Session 4 has been recorded and is available on YouTube.
Download PDF Questions and Answers from Learning Session Four.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ “Reform of Requirement for Long-Term Care Facilities” requires that all LTC facilities establish and maintain an infection prevention and control program designed to help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections. Included is a requirement that all nursing homes develop an antibiotic stewardship program that includes antibiotic use protocols and a system to monitor antibiotic use.
Learning Session 4’s webinars, which include how to implement antibiotic stewardship as well as how to prevent, manage, and track C. difficile infections, are designed to assist your nursing home in improving quality of care and outcomes for nursing home residents as well as meet the infection control requirement.
Learning Session Four’s webinar series has been designed using much of the information that was developed by The Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC), under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To augment the information learned in Learning Session Four, you may choose to complete CMS’s online training sessions. A handout is available that gives you complete information on how to earn nursing contact hours or a certificate of completion for each of the online sessions offered by CMS.