46 Infection Prevention and Control Challenges in Non-Acute Care Settings

Friday, March 19, 2010: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
International North-South (Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
CME Credits: 2
Type: Oral
Summary: Recent outbreaks in ambulatory settings highlight the significance of infection prevention in healthcare settings outside the acute care facility. Patients with multiple chronic comorbidities are receiving complex healthcare in home care and LTC facilities that place them at high risk for infections. These alternative settings do not have access to the resources to rapidly identify infections of epidemiologic importance such as MRSA, Carbapenem-resistant extended spectrum beta lactamase (ESBLs), Group A. streptococcus, norovirus, and C. difficile. Without a national database, a major gap exists in our understanding of the scope of these infections in alternative settings. This presentation will outline the challenges with monitoring, preventing, and controlling infections in home care and LTC, outlining the research priorities for prevention and the impact on public policy for the next 10 years.
Learning Objectives:
Thomas E. Hamilton and Chesley L. Richards, MD
4:00 PM
Infection Control Challenges in Long Term Care
Nimalie Stone, MD, Wesley Woods Health Center
4:30 PM
Infection Control Challenges in Home and Hospice Care
Mary McGoldrick, MS, RN, CRNI, Home Health Systems, Inc.
5:00 PM
Ambulatory Setting
Joseph F. Perz, DrPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
5:30 PM
The Next 10 Years: Research Priorities in Non-Acute Care Settings
Lindsay Nicolle, MD, University of Manitoba Health Sciences Center