Infection Surveillance in Long-Term Care

Recorded:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Speaker: Theresa Rowe, DO, MS

After this webinar, participants will be able to: (1) gaining a deeper understanding of why infection surveillance in long-term care is important, (2) understand the reform requirements for infection prevention and how it will impact their facilities, and (3) learn about different strategies and tools facilities can use to implement infection surveillance systems.

Surveillance activities are an important addition to the most recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) LTC (LTC) reform requirements. This program will provide information about the background and rational for infection surveillance, followed by in-depth information on how LTC facilities can use surveillance systems to meet these requirements and improve patient care. In particular, we will review the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) LTC facility component and its potential use as a surveillance system for facilities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the background and rational for infection surveillance in LTC facilities
  • Review the CMS infection prevention reform requirements for LTC.
  • Describe the National Health Safety Network's LTC Facility component and review its role as a surveillance strategy for LTC facilities.
  • Understand how infection surveillance can improve resident outcomes.


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1.5 CME, 1.5 CMD management, 1.5 MOC


Speaker Biography:

Theresa Rowe, DO, MS, is an Assistant Professor in Geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a part-time medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Surveillance Branch. Her research focuses on optimizing diagnosis and treatment of infections in older adults. She is board certified in both Geriatrics and Infectious Diseases and clinically cares for patients in long-term care.

Speaker Disclosures:

All members of the education and online education committees have no financial relationships to disclose. The speaker has no financial relationships to disclose.