Long-Term Care

Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes

1308 - Multidrug-Resistant Organisms: A Long-Term Care Provider's Challenge in Today's Healthcare Environment

Wednesday, June 14
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Oregon Convention Center, D 135-136

In healthcare, the only constant is change. Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) pose a serious threat to the health and well-being of our nation. Staying ahead of the numerous MDROs and their potentially deadly effects can be a momentous task for long-term care (LTC) providers. These organizations are required to establish policies and procedures, including a detailed antibiotic stewardship program, incorporated into the overall infection control plan. Lack of resources is a constant risk for LTC providers, especially surrounding the development, implementation, and monitoring of a comprehensive infection control plan. This engaging presentation will provide clinicians with a road map for successful infection control outcomes, including key leadership strategies to assess current systems, identification of challenges of managing MDROs in LTC, implementation strategies, education techniques across all levels of the organization, and monitoring and performance improvement plans via an organization’s Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (QAPI) program, all from an LTC clinical leader’s perspective.

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Susan LaGrange

Director of Education
Pathway Health
White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Susan LaGrange’s more than 25 years of experience include a diverse range of positions such as director of nursing, administrator, and consultant. Her successful career includes extensive leadership roles in which her knowledge and expertise have assisted organizations in regulatory, clinical, and operational turn-a-rounds. As a consultant with Pathway Health Services, Inc., she has assisted quality improvements in a multitude of organizations and has become a nationally renowned trainer in restorative nursing. In addition to her extensive nursing administrative background, Susan is a licensed nursing home administrator. Her ability to work with employees at all levels of an organization is evident in all that she does. Ms. LaGrange is a past president of the Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council and has had experience speaking at multiple long-term care professional organization conferences. Ms. LaGrange is also a Certified INTERACT Champion Master Trainer.


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Angela Vassallo

Infection Prevention Specialist
Health Services Advisory Group, Inc., California

Angela Vassallo is an Infection Prevention Specialist with Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. In this role she is leading a groundbreaking CMS funded project to reduce SSIs in California Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Prior to working with HSAG, she was Director of Infection Prevention/Epidemiology at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. She is Faculty at West Coast University in Los Angeles, CA and Providence University in Great Falls, Montana. She helped create the first Masters program in Infection Prevention at Providence University in 2016. Angela is certified in Infection Prevention and Control with a “CIC” designation and is an APIC Fellow with the “FAPIC” designation. Angela is Past-President of CA APIC and Greater Los Angeles APIC. She is Vice-Chair of the national APIC Communications Committee, a member of the BD Speakers’ Bureau for reducing surgical site infections, and a founding member of Expert Stewardship, Inc.


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