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Clinical Practice

AHCA/NCAL strives to provide important resources, guides, and information specifically geared for clinical staff in long term and post-acute care centers. With so many centers around the country working to improve, no center is alone in its endeavors, regardless of if it is focused on improving center safety, building a new specific condition ward, or reevaluating the nutrition plan for residents.

The various documents and important resources pertaining to Clinical Practices are divided into five distinct categories:

Safety Management 
focuses on accident and fall prevention, restraint reduction, and enterals and tube feedings.


Quality of Life and Person-Centered Care
houses materials on culture change, end of life palliative care, MDS, Resident Assessment, and more. 

Resources by Condition offers resources on the unique needs, such as care for Alzheimer's disease, of some residents in skilled nursing and post-acute care facilities.

Communicating Health Assessments by Telephone (CHATs) includes information on an on-going quality improvement program designed to enhance telephone communication between nurses and physicians.

Webinar Series houses FREE​, on demand webinars focused clinical practice areas that support the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative goals to reduce hospital readmissions and the off-label use of antipsychotic medications.


 Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes


Access the CDC website and resources here.

Webinar: Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes
Improving the use of antibiotics in healthcare to protect patients and reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance is a national priority.  Antibiotic stewardship refers to a set of commitments and actions designed to optimize the treatment of infections while reducing the adverse events associated with antibiotic use.  CDC’s Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes provides practical ways for nursing homes to initiate or expand antibiotic stewardship activities.  This recently released resource is designed to help nursing homes improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce inappropriate use to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as C. difficile. 

Date: February 2, 2016  2:30pm-4pm EDT