Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates 135 long-term care (LTC) facilities and is one of the largest single providers of nursing home care in the United States. LTC facilities present a unique challenge for implementation of infection prevention and control (IPC) practices.
In 2002, the VA established a nationwide task force to assess the impact of infections acquired by LTC residents in VA facilities and to examine infection rates and IPC practices in LTC. In 2003, an IPC program survey was conducted to assess each LTC program. Following the survey, a series of whole-house point prevalence surveys were conducted over the years that reported the number and types of healthcare-associated infections present, as well as collecting information about the presence of indwelling devices. Additionally, continuous focused surveillance for key infections [e.g., methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile, catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), and central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI)] has been done since 2009. These surveys have been used to structure staff education plans, examine workflow patterns, introduce routine surveillance systems, and provide direction to IPC measures.
Over the past several years, IPC practices have evolved further in VA LTC facilities as a result of the updated Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines to preserve the resident’s rights and well-being and prevent the potential negative impact a resident may experience as a result of implementing special precautions. Maintaining the principles of IPC with the CMS proponents of achieving a home-like setting for LTC residents has not always been an easy integration. This session will discuss the VA’s endeavors to establish balance in promoting this culture change while preventing infection transmission.
Infection Prevention and Control Professional
Department of Veterans Affairs
Marla Clifton completed her BSN at Eastern Kentucky University in 1976, and her MSN with a community health nursing focus at University of Kentucky in 1992. She has been board certified in infection prevention and control since 1989. Marla is currently acting clinical programs coordinator in the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Infectious Diseases Service, where she is responsible for providing clinical expertise and leadership in national policy development and guidance in infection prevention and control and surveillance for protection of patients, visitors, and healthcare personnel across the continuum of care. Marla has previous experience as a staff nurse, nurse manager, and nurse educator. Marla was then encouraged by a colleague to pursue infection prevention and control and she says that even after 30 years, it’s always been interesting and never a boring career choice!
Director, Facility Based Programs, Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care
Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, District Of Columbia
Lisa Minor is currently the director of facility based programs in the Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care at the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office. She received her nursing education from Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia, and her master’s degree from Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia.
Bavaria MEDDAC, Nurse Consultant for Infection Prevention and Control
U. S. Department of Defense, Department of Army
APO, AE, New York
Joseph (Joey) Scaletta serves as the Nurse Consultant for Infection Prevention and Control for the U.S. Department of Defense, Bavaria MEDDAC,in Vilseck, Germany. Mr. Scaletta received his Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and holds Bachelor of Science degrees from Towson University and Fort Hays State University. He serves as Chair for the APIC's Education Committee and is past President of the APIC’s Wichita Chapter. He has been board certified in Infection Control since 2007. Mr. Scaletta’s passion for international health first began in Jamaica where he served two years in the United States Peace Corps studying HIV prevalence among ante-natal and STI clinic attendees. A lifelong volunteer, he has participated in medical missions in South America with Hands Across the Americas and volunteered in West Africa during the 2013-2015 Ebola epidemic with Partner's In Health.
Tuesday, June 13
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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