Introducing Infection Prevention and Control: The Surveillance and Reporting Solution You Need Right Now

April 28, 2020 Melissa Bagnoli

Vigilance. Oversight. Action. The need to quickly identify, prioritize and address infections in SNFs and senior living communities has become all too real in the past few months. PointClickCare has something available to help you better cope with that new reality. We’ve just rolled out our Infection Prevention and Control solution to all of our SNF and senior living customers, to make it easier to manage and control the spread of COVID-19 and other infections. It helps your staff detect infections sooner and more accurately, better understand infection cases, and facilitates infection reporting.  

“Challenging” is an Understatement

According to the CDC, 1 to 3 million serious infections occur every year in long-term care and assisted living facilities in the U.S., with as many as 380,000 infection-related deaths. These statistics were generated prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The current environment is likely the most difficult any SNF or senior living community has faced. It’s tougher than ever to detect and correctly correlate the symptoms of infections. Is it the flu, COVID-19, or an unrelated respiratory ailment? Tracking and assessing symptoms is a tedious and time-consuming manual process. With so much happening at once, suspected infections aren’t always communicated to the Infection Preventionist or clinical oversight staff in a timely manner. On top of that, there are no tools available to do analysis that might reveal life-saving trends. With Infection Prevention and Control, we’ve addressed all those roadblocks – and more.

How Does Infection Prevention and Control Help?

Infection Prevention and Control drives better resident care with a rigorous approach to identifying, preventing, and controlling infections, presenting an intelligent clinical workflow solution:     

  • Attention – It documents and displays all infection cases on a centralized, easily accessible, interactive daily dashboard. A visual indicator on resident records highlights symptomatic cases or confirmed infections. Infection Prevention and Control lets your care team attach evaluations, labs, and treatment orders to a case, so treatment information for each resident is collected, visible and updated in a single location.

  • Recommendation – Infection Prevention and Control guides care staff to follow appropriate procedures and monitor progress. With predefined content based on CDC guidelines, nurses can quickly administer medications and other therapies while taking proper precautions. Thanks to early identification of infection cases, your Infection Preventionist can make better decisions about how to proceed.

  • Analysis – It reveals trends and patterns in infection data, letting you identify outbreaks sooner. Infection Prevention and Control lets you share information specific to one facility, or across multiple facilities, to help your administrators make procedural and staffing decisions.

  • Communication – Infection Prevention and Control reports real-time status and resolution of cases within and across facilities. It helps you communicate important insights and evidence-based recommendations – such as clinical interventions, isolation procedures, and changes to personal protective equipment – to clinical and non-clinical teams.

Use Infection Prevention and Control – and Let Us Know What You Think

Infection Prevention and Control is fully integrated into your existing PointClickCare workflow and leverages the data you’re already capturing. Our Infection Prevention and Control solution provides the surveillance, management and reporting that can make a difference for you and your residents. Click here to learn more about our new solution.

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