More than 12,000 nursing homes across the country are working with their local Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) as part of the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign (NNHQIC). The NNHQIC is focused, in part, on tracking, preventing and managing Clostridium difficile infections, as well as promoting antibiotic stewardship, with the overall goal of promoting quality and safety for nursing home residents.
To support nursing homes in this work, the QIN National Coordinating Center and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services developed a new series of online training sessions. These six sessions and accompanying resources are now freely available and are designed to support “bite-sized learning,” allowing nursing home staff to review manageable amounts of content in each training. Each session includes a welcome message and overview; information on how to use the session; videos and PowerPoint presentations; interactive activities and scenarios; discussion questions; informational handouts; and links to optional resources.
Trainings are available on the following topics:
- TeamSTEPPS in Long-Term Care: Communication Strategies to Promote Quality and Safety
- Exploring Antibiotics and their Role in Fighting Bacterial Infections
- Antibiotic Resistance: How It Happens and Strategies to Decrease the Spread of Resistance
- Antibiotic Stewardship
- Clostridium difficile Part One: Clinical Overview
- Clostridium difficile Part Two: Strategies to Prevent, Track, and Monitor C. difficile
Nursing home leaders are encouraged to review the content in each session to decide which components would be helpful for themselves, and which to use for educating staff. The components can be shared during staff education in-services or discussion sessions, or they can be accessed by staff via the website at any time. Continuing nursing education certificates and certificates of completion for the online sessions are available through September 30, 2019.