VDH Hosts UTI Prevention Webinar

On March 21st, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) hosted a webinar to review the Successful Strategies for the Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) in Long Term Care Facilities toolkit.  Approximately 50 people attended the lunch-and-learn session in which Carol Jamerson (VDH Nurse Epidemiologist) walked participants through the toolkit’s resources and discussed how the various fact sheets, surveillance forms, policy templates, and assessment tools can be used by long-term care facilities. Adriana Agnew, Director of Quality Management and Infection Preventionist at Fairfax Nursing Center shared how her facility has used and plans to use the toolkit to modify its UTI policies and prevention practices.

Judy Brown, Long Term Care Consultant, facilitated the question and answer session and promoted an upcoming training opportunity on August 21st in Richmond.  The Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) will be hosting a UTI educational session featuring Dr. Palmer and Dr. Oldfield from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Mary Evans (President of the Virginia Medical Directors Association), and Edna Garcia from Riverside Lifelong Health and Aging Related Services. This full-day session will be held at the Holiday Inn Koger Center. More details to follow soon.

The toolkit was a product of last year’s UTI prevention collaborative in 12 nursing facilities in the Eastern region of the state and was created by VDH in partnership with VHCA.

All of the toolkit documents are available online and may be downloaded and customized for your facility.

The webinar slides are now available on the Communication and Education page of the VDH HAI website.