Taking the Infection Preventionist Seriously
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 1:00 pm ET
Speaker: Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, Chief Nursing Officer, SourceMedical
Continuing Education: 1 hour of AEU/CE
AEU Content Area: Delivery of Patient Care
CAIP™ Content Area: Education & Training
Overview: When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated that ASCs designate an infection preventionist (IP) in every facility, no one envisioned the time that would be required to address all the responsibilities that person would manage. Although ASCs are usually small facilities that rely on a combination of full-time and part-time nurses assigned to multiple roles, the IP position should not be managed as an afterthought. Depending on the size of the center and the complexity and volume of cases, the IP might spend many hours a week completing the work required. Administration should make this a priority position and allow the time and resources necessary to perform the role as CMS designed it. Learn how to achieve that goal without neglecting staffing priorities in other areas.
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