Infectious diseases pose significant hazards to staff and Patients in long-term care. Controlling the spread of infection is like fighting an invisible enemy. When staff members take the appropriate precautions, caregivers and Patients should never see the results. Only when infection control breaks down do the hazardous effects become obvious.
The consequences of infectious diseases can be painful. Patients are at increased risk of infection. Many of them are sick, while others are elderly and more vulnerable. Many just cannot handle any further insult to their frail condition. Prevention is where staff and caregivers in long-term care can have the greatest impact on safety and good health.
CertifiedCare.org offers online e-text training for Personal Care Aides, Nurses and CNAs in Long-Term Care Facilities.
Deborah Werthimer, MD, and Stephanie Mayoryk, RN, an Infection Control Practitioner, led a live discussion with personal care aides to emphasize the important steps which must be taken in long-term care or assisted living to prevent the spread of infections and protect both patients and staff.
For long term care patients, infections are a significant source of illness, hospitalizations and death as the frail elderly population are particularly vulnerable to infections. Even though federal regulations require an infection prevention program in every long term care facility, the incidence of infections results in thousands of hospital admissions each year.
Dr. Cathleen V. Carr, Executive director at CertifiedCare.org explains that,” CertifiedCare™ online training programs teach how to prevent infections to make sure your staff remembers and implements the important guidelines presented in the e-text which is the basis of the PCA Certification program”.
This live program presented a peer-to-peer instructional opportunity led by two experts about the necessary precautions, the appropriate use of gowns and gloves and the need for on-going hand washing.