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2012 CRE Toolkit - Guidance for Control of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 2012 CRE Toolkit provides more information on CRE prevention and treatment guidelines, including step-by-step instructions for facilities treating patients with CRE infections and instructions for facilities that have not yet had patients with this type of infection.
Web link    Date Added: 03/12/2013    Date Last Modified: Mar 12 2013 12:00AM  
Adverse Events in Nursing Homes
CMS has added the February 2014 OIG report on Adverse Events in SNFs as well as a listing of Potentially Preventable Adverse Events, the Adverse Drug Event Trigger Tool, Acronyms Related to Adverse Events & a comment they will add more tools and resources.
Web link    Date Added: 02/06/2017    Date Last Modified: Feb 6 2017 12:00AM  
Advocating for our Residents: Importance of LTC Staff Taking the COVID-19 Vaccine
View this video featuring Jill Vianco, administrator of Advanced Rehabilitation & Healthcare of Vernon, Texas, discussing the importance of long-term care team members protecting their residents by receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Video    Date Added: 02/04/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 12:35PM  
AHRQ COVID-19 Identification & Prevention Series
This series of three learning modules focuses on identifying the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, knowing when and how to report signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and remembering to maintain infection prevention processes.
Web link    Date Added: 06/22/2022    Date Last Modified: Jun 22 2022 4:35PM  
AHRQ Releases Training Modules to Help Improve the Safety of Nursing Home Residents
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a set of training modules to help educate nursing home staff on key patient safety concepts critical to improving the safety of nursing home residents. Each of the modules has an instructor’s guide and a student workbook.
Web link    Date Added: 07/30/2012    Date Last Modified: Jul 30 2012 12:00AM  
An Interview with a CNA on Vaccine Hesitancy
In this video, a nursing home CNA shares her perspectives on the COVID-19 vaccinations.
Video    Date Added: 03/12/2021    Date Last Modified: Feb 8 2022 12:11PM  
CDC Long-Term Care Respiratory Surveillance Line List
The Respiratory Surveillance Line List from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a template for data collection and active monitoring of both residents and staff during a suspected respiratory illness cluster or outbreak at a nursing home or other long-term care facility.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/16/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 16 2020 11:25PM  
CDC Public Health Media Library
The discovery of antibiotics was one of the greatest medical achievements of the twentieth century. However, overuse of these drugs has led to the development of resistance in bacteria. As a consequence, some infections can result in serious illness and even death. In this podcast, Dr. Tarayn Fairlie discusses the dangers of overusing antibiotics.
Web link    Date Added: 10/26/2012    Date Last Modified: Oct 26 2012 12:00AM  
Change Bundle - Prevention of Clostridium difficile Infections
This six-point change bundle follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's strategies to prevent and manage Clostridium difficile infections in nursing homes.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/21/2017    Date Last Modified: Dec 21 2017 12:00AM  
Clostridium difficile Denominators for Long-Term Care Facilities
Use this quick and easy form to gather and document monthly data for submission to the NHSN CDI Project.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 21 2020 3:23PM  
CMS Updates to Nursing Home Visitation FAQs
Download this latest version of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Nursing Home Visitation FAQs, which were updated Feb. 2, 2022, with information about testing visitors for COVID-19, improving air flow and air quality in facilities and funding available for environmental changes, which could potentially reduce transmission of COVID-19.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/03/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 3 2022 12:18PM  
CMS-CDC Fundamentals of COVID-19 Prevention Training Self-Assessment Questionnaire
This pathway will help you identify the self-paced trainings needed to fill in knowledge gaps.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 10/08/2020    Date Last Modified: Oct 8 2020 3:29PM  
Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes
This CDC website for long-term care providers provides information and resources on prevention of infections, offers information for clinical staff, infection control coordinators and residents on topices related to antibiotic stewardship, dialysis safety and hand hygiene, and access to infection tracking system for long-term care facilities.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 09/29/2016    Date Last Modified: Jan 6 2020 4:44PM  
COVID Vaccination for Long-Term Care Facility Health Care Workers: The ‘Why’ and the ‘What If’
View this video featuring Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, TMF chief medical officer, who discusses the impacts of COVID-19 in nursing homes and the vaccines that have been released to fight COVID-19 in the U.S.
Video    Date Added: 02/02/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 6:20PM  
COVID Vaccination for Long-Term Care Facility Health Care Workers: The ‘Why’ and the ‘What If’
View this video featuring Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, TMF Chief Medical Officer, who describes the impacts of COVID-19 in nursing homes and the vaccines that have been released to fight COVID-19 in the U.S.
Video    Date Added: 02/02/2021    Date Last Modified: Feb 8 2022 12:02PM  
COVID-19 LTC-Surveyor Training
Nursing home surveyors can take this brief training related to a focused COVID-19 survey. See the Associated Documents table for a list of supporting resources. This site may require a free account to access the tools and training.
Web link    Date Added: 04/03/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 3 2020 12:18PM  
COVID-19 Toolkit for Nursing Homes
This toolkit provides information about COVID-19, including resources on steps to preventing the spread of the virus, building trust in vaccines, providing guidance on vaccinations and learning more about the different variants.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 11/09/2021    Date Last Modified: Nov 9 2021 1:04PM  
COVID-19 Vaccine and the Black Community: A Tyler Perry Special
This video features writer, actor, producer and director Tyler Perry, who discusses the COVID-19 vaccine with medical experts. The interview includes information about how the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines work, the science and history behind the vaccine development, and the reasons for vaccine hesitancy in people of color.
Video    Date Added: 02/03/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 12:37PM  
COVID-19: Tips for Dementia Caregivers in Long-Term or Community-Based Settings
This website provides information and resources for emergency situations, such as disasters, epidemics and pandemics. Maintaining operations with staffing shortages, preventing illness, providing person-centered care and observing and responding to dementia-related behaviors are some of the topics.
Web link    Date Added: 04/28/2022    Date Last Modified: May 12 2022 10:20AM  
Deep Tissue Pressure Injury or an Imposter Guide
This guide depicts the early appearance and evolution of a deep tissue pressure injury (DTPI) from intact, deep red/maroon or purple colored skin to epidermolysis and "blood blisters." The guide also includes the differential diagnoses (imposters) of ischemic and traumatic injury that can mimic DTPI.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/02/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 16 2021 2:25PM  
Don't Skip Your Thumbs
Download this poster to display in your facility to help remind patients and staff about proper handwashing techniques.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/01/2013    Date Last Modified: Dec 1 2013 12:00AM  
Fishbone Diagram: Root Cause Analysis for Nursing Homes
Use this fishbone diagram to help your organization conduct a root cause analysis. This document is a draft of suggestions and must be modified by the facility team to ensure they reflect their quality improvement work.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/03/2022    Date Last Modified: Aug 3 2022 9:43AM  
Helping Residents with Dementia Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in LTC Communities
This document acknowledges challenges to and provides strategies for preventing the spread of COVID-19 among long-term community residents living with dementia.
Web link    Date Added: 04/27/2022    Date Last Modified: Apr 26 2022 8:22AM  
High Five: The Correct Way to Wash Your Hands
This tip sheet provides a detailed step-by-step illustration and description on how to wash your hands correctly.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/18/2022    Date Last Modified: Jul 18 2022 5:30PM  
How to Handrub? How to Handwash?
The World Health Organization provides this graphic tool to add value to any hand hygiene improvement strategy.
Web link    Date Added: 06/24/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 24 2020 6:41PM  
How to Select, Wear and Clean Your Mask
Visit this CDC web page to learn how to select a mask and how to correctly wear and clean your mask.
Web link    Date Added: 08/31/2020    Date Last Modified: Aug 31 2020 1:17PM  
How to Set Up the Entrust Soft Token Using a Mobile Device, Tablet or Computer
This resource provides step-by-step instructions for setting up the Entrust Soft Token using a mobile device, tablet or computer.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/20/2022    Date Last Modified: Jul 20 2022 8:08AM  
Infection Control Tools for Success
These tools and resources, provided by the University of Carolina Chapel Hill, were developed for long-term care facilities.
Web link    Date Added: 09/10/2021    Date Last Modified: Sep 10 2021 8:10AM  
Infection Prevention and Control Mini-Toolkit
This mini-toolkit includes resources geared toward improving infection prevention and control practices.
Web link    Date Added: 02/11/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 11 2022 8:10AM  
Infection Prevention Compendium for LTC Facilities
This toolkit, developed by New York Academy of Medicine and Yale School of Nursing, includes infection control and prevention tools and resources targeting long-term care (LTC) facilities, administrators, support staff, etc.
Web link    Date Added: 09/10/2021    Date Last Modified: Sep 10 2021 8:07AM  
Infection Prevention, Control & Immunizations Compliance Tool
This checklist should be used used to investigate compliance for F880, F881, and F883.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/19/2018    Date Last Modified: Feb 19 2018 12:00AM  
Infection Preventionist Daily Task List
The Infection Preventionist Daily Task List is a guide for the infection preventionist (IP) to use in their daily work. It can also serve as a mechanism to notify leadership of emerging trends and issues.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/14/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 14 2020 11:47AM  
Infection Preventionist Monthly Task List
The Infection Preventionist Monthly Task List is a guide for the infection preventionists to use in their work. It also serves as a mechanism to notify leadership of required monthly reviews.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/21/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 21 2020 4:51PM  
Influenza Mini-Toolkit
This mini-toolkit includes influenza vaccine resources for the nursing home team as well as residents and their families.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/03/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 24 2022 11:18PM  
Language that Works to Improve Vaccine Acceptance Communications Cheat Sheet
The de Beaumont Foundation offers concise, practical guidance around language and messaging to support vaccine acceptance. This toolkit includes communication tips and specific recommended language emerging from a broader survey conducted on the topic.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/28/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 10:47AM  
Lessons from the Field: COVID-19 On-site Visits
Listen to this Sept. 17, 2020, recording presented by TMF Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization webinar. Dr. Buffy Lloyd-Krejci with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières shares findings from visits to nursing homes in Houston/Harris County. Click here to view the slide presentation for this webinar. https://tmfnetworks.org/Portals/0/Resource%20Center/091720%20Office%20Hrs%20PPT_COVID-19_Final_508.pdf
Video    Date Added: 10/21/2020    Date Last Modified: Feb 8 2022 12:06PM  
Long Term Care Infection Control Worksheet
Use this worksheet comprised of both regulatory requirements and best practices in infection prevention and control to help create an improved infection prevention and control program.
Web link    Date Added: 05/19/2020    Date Last Modified: May 19 2020 5:56PM  
LTC Connect: Being Mindful of Medications in Acute Illness and COVID-19
This May 19, 2022, LTC Connect recording features Amie Taggart Blaszczyk, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS, FASCP, professor and division head of Geriatrics & Pediatrics with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, discussing her research on medication issues seen in the wake of a COVID-19 diagnosis. Her findings show the dangers of polypharmacy and interactions beyond the acute illness, and can inform us about what to watch out for when any acute illness occurs in residents.
Video    Date Added: 05/24/2022    Date Last Modified: May 24 2022 3:03PM  
LTC Connect: Infection Control Practices and Compliance
This July 21 LTC Connect recording features TMF QIN-QIO subject-matter experts reviewing hand hygiene protocols and proper procedures for donning and doffing personal protective equipment. They also discuss targeted COVID-19 training from CMS for management and frontline staff, including vaccination system preparation.
Video    Date Added: 07/28/2022    Date Last Modified: Jul 28 2022 1:30PM  
LTC Connect: Up to Speed – NHSN Updates
This June 16, 2022, LTC Connect recording features TMF QIN-QIO subject-matter experts reviewing recent updates to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting system, including changes to the data that facilities are asked to report in the COVID-19 Pathway and Vaccination modules.
Video    Date Added: 06/21/2022    Date Last Modified: Jun 22 2022 9:56AM  
Making Health Care Safer: Stopping C. difficile Infections
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's March 2012 Vital Signs focuses on Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections, which are at an all-time high.
Web link    Date Added: 03/23/2012    Date Last Modified: Mar 23 2012 12:00AM  
National Immunization Awareness Month Begins Aug. 1
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), highlighting the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's NIAM website for educational resources directed to both health care professionals and the general population. These free tools can help your facility raise awareness about the benefits of vaccinations and address common questions and concerns.
Web link    Date Added: 08/01/2022    Date Last Modified: Aug 1 2022 9:34AM  
On Demand: CMS-CDC Fundamentals of COVID-19 Prevention for Nursing Home Management
A nursing home training series focused on infection control features 13 self-paced sessions on managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Web link    Date Added: 10/08/2020    Date Last Modified: Oct 8 2020 3:25PM  
Outcomes Tracking Table for Nursing Homes
Use this document to help you set up your measures for reporting your quality improvement (QI) project. This document is a draft of suggestions and must be modified by the facility team to ensure they reflect their QI work.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/03/2022    Date Last Modified: Aug 3 2022 9:45AM  
Pneumonia Mini-Toolkit
This toolkit includes pneumonia vaccine resources for nursing home team members as well as residents and their families.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/12/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 12:35PM  
Preventing COVID-19 Infection Among Residents Who Visit Skilled Nursing Facilities and Dialysis Facilities
A regional work group in Allegheny County Pennsylvania identified a risk of transmitting the SARS-CoV-2 infection from residents of skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities who also visit dialysis facilities. Download this memo and communication form from the National Forum of ESRD Networks that explains the identified problem and proposed solution to minimize infection.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/19/2020    Date Last Modified: Aug 19 2020 12:17PM  
Providers More Likely to Wash Hands When Reminded About Patient Safety
According to a Sept. 1 Medical News Today article, a new Psychological Science study found that health care professionals were more likely to wash their hands if they were reminded about keeping patients safe, as opposed to being reminded about personal risks.
Web link    Date Added: 09/15/2011    Date Last Modified: Sep 15 2011 12:00AM  
QI Plan for Nursing Homes
Use this tool to help your team develop the quality improvement (QI) plan based on your root case analysis. This document is a draft of suggestions and must be modified by the facility team to ensure they reflect their QI work.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/03/2022    Date Last Modified: Aug 3 2022 9:44AM  
Quality Improvement Example Infection Prevention Plan
This quality improvement plan provides an example of how to identify a concern, determine the root cause(s) and develop a plan with outcome measures. This is to be used only as a reference.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 01/20/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 20 2022 5:22PM  
Quality Measure Tip Sheet: Influenza Vaccine – Long & Short Stay
The Quality Measure Tip Sheet provides an overview of the influenza vaccine measure, MDS coding requirements and additional tips and assessment considerations.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: Jan 15 2021 10:11AM  
Quality Measure Tip Sheet: Urinary Tract Infection – Long Stay
This Quality Measures Tip Sheet provides an overview of the urinary tract infection (long-stay) measure, MDS coding requirements, possible root causes and more.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/11/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 11 2020 4:30PM  
Quality Measure: Percent of Residents Assessed and Appropriately Given the Pneumococcal Vaccine (Short-Stay)
View this video recording to learn more about the Quality Measures (QM) specification for the percent of short-stay residents who were accessed and appropriately given the pneumococcal vaccine. Duration: 13:24
Video    Date Added: 07/29/2021    Date Last Modified: Jul 29 2021 6:12PM  
Quality Measure: Percent of Residents with a Urinary Tract Infection (Long Stay)
This video reviews the quality measure specification for the percent of long-stay residents with a urinary tract infection to identify the relationship between the Minimum Data Set and this quality measure.
Video    Date Added: 06/03/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 3 2020 3:59PM  
Reporting and Reducing Clostridioides difficile Infections
Share this educational tool with all staff, residents, family and visitors, and place it in new admission packets. Also consider adding it to infection prevention ongoing education.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 21 2020 3:45PM  
Reporting and Reducing Urinary Tract Infections
Share this educational tool with all staff, residents, family and visitors, and place it in new admission packets. Also consider adding it to infection prevention ongoing education.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/03/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 21 2020 3:44PM  
Respirator Fit Testing
This Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - AHRQ - document provides guidance on what fit testing is, how to do it and what the person being tested can expect.
Web link    Date Added: 04/20/2022    Date Last Modified: Apr 21 2022 9:51AM  
The Voice of the Resident in this Year of COVID-19
View this video featuring Carolyn Worley, a resident at Advanced Rehabilitation & Healthcare of Vernon, Texas, who provides a resident's point of view about the importance of all nursing home team members receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Video    Date Added: 02/04/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 12:36PM  
Tips on Mask-Wearing for People with Dementia
This article shares some reasons why people with dementia resist wearing masks (e.g., post-war trauma) and also provides tips on how to help overcome that resistance.
Web link    Date Added: 04/26/2022    Date Last Modified: Apr 26 2022 8:17AM  
Topic-Specific Infection Prevention Links for health care providers and consumers - APIC
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) website has organized information on key infection prevention topics for health care professionals and consumers.
Web link    Date Added: 10/13/2016    Date Last Modified: Oct 13 2016 12:00AM  
Tracking Tool Helps Nursing Homes Monitor Healthcare-Acquired Infections
There is a new tracking tool on the market that is aimed at helping nursing homes monitor healthcare-acquired infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network released a new tracking component that allows long-term care facilities to log onto a website where they can report cases of infections such as C. difficile, urinary tract infections, and others.
Web link    Date Added: 09/23/2012    Date Last Modified: Sep 23 2012 12:00AM  
Updated - Preparing for COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance for nursing homes. View this webpage for more information.
Web link    Date Added: 07/01/2020    Date Last Modified: Jul 1 2020 3:57PM  
Urinary Tract Infection Denominators for Long-Term Care Facilities
Use this quick and easy form to gather and document monthly data for submission to the NHSN UTI Project.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: Apr 21 2020 3:24PM  
Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide
Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide provides 142 pages of practical information in an easy-to-use format to help you implement or enhance adult immunization services in your health care setting. The guide also includes an abundance of web addresses and references to assist you in staying up-to-date with the most current information. Developed by staff at the Immunization Action Coalition, the Guide had several early reviews for technical accuracy by subject matter experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Vaccine Program Office.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/01/2021    Date Last Modified: Feb 26 2021 7:14PM  
Vaccine Hesitancy Among Minority Groups
View this video featuring Monika Maxwell, RN, who shares her perspective, as a Hispanic woman in health care, on why minority communities may be hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Video    Date Added: 02/25/2021    Date Last Modified: Feb 8 2022 12:12PM  
Vaccine Hesitancy: Concerns with Fertility and Pregnancy
View this video featuring nationally recognized women's health physician Gloria Richard-Davis, MD, MBA, NCMP, FACOG, with the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS), who addresses common fertility concerns with COVID-19 vaccines and why it is important to receive the vaccine.
Video    Date Added: 07/28/2021    Date Last Modified: Feb 8 2022 12:12PM  
Vital Signs: Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections
This investigational report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focuses on health care exposures for Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs), the percentage of CDIs that occur in health care settings other than hospitals and whether prevention programs actually reduce CDIs.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/29/2012    Date Last Modified: Mar 29 2012 12:00AM  
Wear a Mask - It Is the Right Thing to Do
Bryan Health developed this poster showing the levels of risk for the spread of COVID-19 with and without a mask. Download the PDF and share this important information with your team and residents.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/10/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 9 2020 4:07PM  
Well-Being Playbook 2.0: A COVID-19 Resource for Hospital and Health System Leaders
The American Hospital Association has updated the Well-being Playbook with tools to support teams who work directly with patients with COVID-19. This version includes curated resources specific to COVID-19 on suicide prevention, operationalizing peer support, and a guide to walk leaders through well-being program development and execution.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/03/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 2 2021 6:58PM  
Why I Endorse Taking the COVID-19 Vaccines
View this video featuring renowned long-term care practitioner Joleann Beene, RN-BC, IP-BC, FACDONA, CDP, CADDCT, who shares her experience with receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and discusses the importance of all nursing home team members being vaccinated.
Video    Date Added: 02/04/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 12:36PM  
Your Five Moments for Hand Hygiene
Download and share this handout from the World Health Organization that shows when it is important to wash your hands when caring for a patient or resident.
Web link    Date Added: 06/24/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 24 2020 6:32PM  
Antibiotics: Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Bad (Spanish/U.S.)
Antibiotics are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs and save millions of lives each year. However, overuse and misuse have led to an alarming rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Review this poster to learn about the dangers of overusing antibiotics and why sometimes they are not the answer.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/02/2017    Date Last Modified: Feb 2 2017 12:00AM