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.
Today, long-term care expert Reta Underwood, Medicare Specialist and president of CLTC, a national long-term care consulting firm based in Kentucky discusses skilled status charting for SNFs, as well as the differences between direct and indirect skilled services.
Today, long-term care expert Maureen McCarthy, RN, BS, RAC-MT, CQP, president of Celtic Consulting, LLC., discusses how nurses can recognize when the care they are providing is skilled and how COVID-19 impacts skilled care and documentation. We also dive into lessons learned from northeast facilities as COVID cases rise in the other parts of the country. Don’t recreate the wheel on COVID-19 prevention and management, learn from others who have been there!