New AHCA/NCAL COVID-19 Trainings and Infection Prevention and Control Action Briefs

COVID-19
​​The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the healthcare profession to its core. Infection prevention and control practices have been challenged at every corner.  AHCA/NCAL has developed two COVID-19 trainings titled, Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World, designed for leadership, and Basics of Infection Prevention and Control in the Post-COVID-19 World​, designed for all staff.  ​​​

The Infection Prevention and Control in the Post-COVID-19 World​ course reviews how COVID-19 spreads, how to track and report the illness including the regulatory requirements for infection prevention and control. It reviews the basics of infection prevention and control practices and will look at the future of infection prevention and control. The course describes the process for cohorting and utilizing testing to inform cohorting practices. It looks at how to conduct self-assessment processes to continually evaluate and improve the infection prevention and control program in long term care centers. Lastly, the course reviews the process and necessity of screening practices and notifications to residents, families, and their representatives including the importance of communication.

Intended Audience for this course is Nurses, Administrators, Nursing Home Leadership/Management (Clinical & Non-Clinical Leaders) 
​3.0 NAB ​​approved CEs will be awarded upon successful completion of the quiz. 
Cost is $199 AHCA/NCAL members or $249 general public/ nonmembers 

The second training, titled Basics of Infection Prevention and Control in the Post-COVID-19 World, is aimed at all staff members.​ This course will review how COVID-19 spreads, what signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are, and report illness. It will review what your role is in reporting suspicions of respiratory illness. It will review the basics of infection prevention and control practices including the future of infection prevention and control. This course is intended for all people who work in nursing homes.
This program is free and available to AHCA/NCAL members and general public. 

In addition, to further educate and support provider needs, AHCA/NCAL has developed a series of Infection Prevention and Control Action Briefs​ to help centers develop and improve their infection prevention and control programs. This package includes six action briefs that focus on five key areas in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic: 

  • Introduction: The Infection Prevention and Control Program/Core Practices Connection 
  • Self-Assessment
  • Communication and Documentation
  • Cohorting and Testing
  • Fostering Social Connections
  • Supporting Staff Wellness​
Each action brief combines two key concepts – infection prevention and control and core practices. Infection prevention and control (IP&C) is an essential component of care in all long-term care centers. Vital to the success of the IP&C program is a set of core practices that are the foundational building blocks for success in every aspect of resident care.  

Core practices are a set of principles that revolve around providing reliable, person-centered care and doing the right thing in the right way. High performing health care systems are distinguished by a set of underlying core practices that allow them to effectively put systems in place for reliable care. Implementation of core practices will help make your infection prevention and control program more effective.

Action briefs are designed to be quick references to help long-term care providers with meaningful implementation and tips. 

Please reach out to AHCA/NCAL at covid19@ahca.org with any questions about COVID-19 and please contact educate@ahca.org​ with any questions about either course or the action briefs resources.​