Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Webinar on Healthcare-Associated Infections Scheduled for March 21

VDH’s Healthcare-Associated Infections Program invites members to register for a lunchtime webinar on How to Use the Successful Strategies for the Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections in Long-Term Care Toolkit scheduled for Wednesday, March 21st from 12 noon – 1:00 pm.

The program will be presented by Carol Jamerson, Nurse Epidemiologist with the Virginia Department of Health, Judy Brown, Long Term Care Consultant and Adriana Agnew, Director of Quality Management and Infection Preventionist, Fairfax Nursing Center

Objectives:

  • Provide a brief overview of the VDH/Virginia Health Care Association urinary tract infection prevention collaborative and the development of the UTI toolkit
  • Go through the toolkit components, including regulatory guidance, definitions, surveillance and monitoring tools, sample policies, education, antibiotic use, and presentations from a panel of experts
  • Hear one facility’s story about how its staff have been able to use the toolkit to improve UTI surveillance and prevention

Register online today. (limited to 200 attendees)

Please contact Andrea Alvarez (HAI Program Coordinator or by phone at 804.864.8097 with any questions.

VDH has new resources on its website to address healthcare-associated infections, including information on prevention strategies, specific types of infections, surveillance and public reporting, and downloadable documents from the toolkits Successful Strategies for Infection Prevention in Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes and Successful Strategies for the Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities.

The website homepage is available here.

Parts of the website that may be most of interest to long-term care facilities and their residents/residents’ families are:

Resources for Long-Term Care Settings
(contains the toolkit and other documents specific to assisted living facilities and nursing homes)

Resources for Communication and Education
(includes presentations from past trainings and information on any trainings that may be upcoming)

Resources for Consumers/Patients
(includes fact sheets for residents and their families)