As CMS focuses surveys on infection control in SNFs, it’s important for SNFs to make sure they have all of their bases covered. Proper infection control measures are imperative to keeping residents and staff safe as COVID-19 spreads. The following is a sample of the CMS infection control self-assessment tool. The entire tool can be viewed on the CMS website.
COVID-19 has disrupted SNFs throughout the U.S., and without proper infection control in SNFs, it will continue to do so. The following is an excerpt from the book, Infection Control: How to Implement an Effective Approach for Long-Term Care by Brian Garavaglia, PhD, available for purchase on the marketplace.
I never thought I would see this question in my lifetime, particularly in 2020, the Year of the Nurse. Several nurses have begun asking, “What is the skilled service if the resident isn’t receiving rehab services?” Every time I hear that question, I cringe. Have we been wrapped up in the “720 minute” world for so long that we’ve forgotten what skilled nursing care really is? Unfortunately, I think the answer is yes. Even during a pandemic, we have nurses who can’t recognize the value of what they are doing.
SNF surveys have pivoted over the past few months to focus on infection control amid COVID-19 outbreaks. “CMS did refocus their efforts in the midst of the pandemic to make sure that they can provide support to the community that we serve, as well as facilities by making sure that facilities were compliant with infection control practices,” explains Stefanie Corbett, DHA, in the Post-Acute Advisor podcast “Infection Control Surveys and Reopening SNFs,” available on SoundCloud. However, resident care is something that all SNFs should focus on every single day and be prepared for when regular surveys resume.