COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: How to institute best practices that keep patient and providers top-of-mind
According to the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, COVID-19 in nursing homes will be disproportionately affected due to the identified vulnerabilities of elderly populations.
A new study shows, up to 40% of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 occurred in nursing homes or long-term care facilities. Given that more than 2.4 million Americans live in long-term care facilities, there’s more urgency than ever before to take action that protects providers and patients. That’s why Courtemanche & Associates, is bringing you this timely course.
Learn & Apply:
- Focus on the areas surveyors review to prevent infectious spread in nursing homes
- Conduct COVID-19 surveys to combine offsite and onsite prevention activities
- Start with your infection prevention and control plan and emergency staffing plans
- Best practices for educating your staff, residents, and reducing nursing home facility risk
- Strategies to isolate symptomatic patients as soon as possible
Meet the course instructor on Covid-19 in Nursing Homes
Darlene Christiansen, LRN, LNHA, EdD, has more than 35 years of nursing, medical, healthcare management and regulatory leadership experience, she is a strong patient and healthcare advocate for enhancing healthcare through weaving regulatory compliance into an organization’s culture. She has been trained in The Joint Commission’s Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals, Home Care, Ambulatory, and Behavioral Health as well as Disease-Specific Certification and is also trained on the requirements and survey process of DNV Healthcare.
Dr. Christiansen served as the Executive Director of Accreditation and Certification Services for The Joint Commission. In her thirteen years with TJC she also served in the roles of Director of Standards Interpretation and The Office of Quality Monitoring, Associate Director for Hospital Surveyors, Associate Director for Long-Term Care Surveyors, and surveyor. Most recently, she served on key committees with internal staff and external customers for the TJC Standards Improvement Initiative and supported accredited organizations and those seeking accreditation in the pre-survey, intra-survey, and post-survey processes. Her responsibilities also included business development for the hospital and critical access hospital programs.
Learn best practices in care and risk prevention for vulnerable patients during this critical time. Interested in our Nursing Contact Hours opportunity?