How SNFs Are Strengthening Infection Prevention Through Post-Acute Analytics
As CMS continues to enforce the regulatory process around infection prevention and control (IPC) efforts, there is an increased focus on the long-term care phase 3 Requirements of Participation (RoP). With ongoing efforts to address COVID-19, the spotlight remains on Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) and, specifically, on the role of the Infection Preventionist (IP) and Antibiotic Stewardship.
Studies have shown that 40-75% of prescribed antibiotics in skilled nursing facilities (SNF) may be “unnecessary or inappropriate” resulting in serious risk of infections, increased adverse drug interactions and events and even death. There is also the significant threat of antibiotic-resistant infections, which afflict 2.8 million Americans annually.