Infection Prevention and Control
Helpful resources to support nursing homes with infection prevention including COVID-19, immunizations and beyond. For additional tools, visit our Resource Library.
Infection Prevention Assessment Tools, Resources and Trainings
Post COVID-19 Outbreak Guide
After a COVID-19 outbreak, what do you do? This guide tool provides step by step guidance to help your team recover and take action to improve prevention practices.
Infection Prevention Resource List
A one-stop shop for infection prevention resources provided and updated by Telligen. Download here.
Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Tool for Long Term Care (LTC) Facilities
A tool intended to assist in the assessment of infection control programs and practices. Download here.
APIC Infection Prevention Framework Series
Take a deep dive into the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Infection Preventionist Competency Model. This seven-part series provides an overview of the APIC framework including leadership, professional stewardship, quality improvement, infection prevention operations, research and informatics.
Targeted COVID-19 Training for Nursing Homes
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Risk Assessment
A tool to help focus improvement activities on essential tasks to reduce infection control risks. Completing an infection control risk assessment can help improve resident and staff safety, identify training opportunities, and uncover prevention practice gaps while assessing the probability of infection transmission. Download here.
Guidebook for Infection Prevention and Control Preparedness
A resource to assist nursing homes with infection prevention (IP) quality improvement initiatives. The guidebook includes information, strategies, and example process measures to guide you through a PDSA cycle based on your IP assessment improvement areas. Download here.
Root Cause Analysis Tools
When To Use Root Cause Analysis
Root cause analysis (RCA) is a problem solving method. It is a process to investigate an incident, failure, actual or potential problem or concern that indicates a need for deeper understanding of the reasons why the event occurred. However, not every incident, failure or problem will need a RCA completed. This tool will help teams determine when and for what events a thorough RCA should be completed. Download here.
Facilitators Guide for the Root Cause Analysis Method
The purpose of a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is to find out what happened, why it happened and determine what changes need to be made. The steps in the resource below outline the process for conducting an RCA. Download here.
Root Cause Analysis Pathway
Use this interactive step-by-step guide for completing a root cause analysis (RCA). Download here.
Brainstorming, Affinity Grouping and Multi-Voting Tool
A PDF tool that helps with using the Affinity Group method for uncovering root cause analysis (RCA) that was released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is available on the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement website. Visit the tool.
Root Cause Analysis Tool Selection Guide
This tool helps with selecting which RCA tool to use between Affinity Group, Five Whys or Fishbone. Download here.
Five Whys Worksheet
A root cause analysis tool (RCA) using the Five Whys method. Download here.
Fishbone Diagram Worksheet
A tool to walk you through a root cause analysis. Download here.
Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Tools
PDSA Pathway Guide
Plan Do Study Act, known as PDSA, is a structured improvement process. This PDSA Guide outlines the steps to navigate the method. Download here.
A tool to guide you through the steps to conduct a Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) process or cycle. Download here.
Process and Audit Tools
Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunization Toolkit
This guide serves as a resource in assisting healthcare organizations with routine vaccination assessment in an effort to vaccinate more adults according to the recommendations. Download here.
Performance Improvement Project (PIP) Documentation
A documentation tool to summarize PIP activities. Download here.
Hand Hygiene Competency Validation
A tool to conduct observation audits of hand hygiene and track compliance. Download here.
Influenza Toolkit for Providers and Patients
This toolkit provides tools and resources to support the prevention of influenza throughout your community. Download here.
4Ps of Person-Centered Rounding
4 Ps rounding supports efforts to decrease undesirable outcomes and increase resident satisfaction. Timely and routine rounding to assess for pain, confirm needed possessions are within reach, assure positioning is comfortable and body is properly aligned, and elimination needs are met can decrease the risk of accidents and incidents. Visit the resource.
Long-Term Care Infection Prevention Audit
This tool is for facilities to self-assess their infection prevention and control practices. Download here.
Influenza and Pneumonia Immunization MDS Coding Tip Sheet
This tool is for nursing home MDS Coordinators and those who support entering the MDS data. Use this information as a quick reference in addition to your Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) manual and Quality Measures (QM) Users Manual to accurately code influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations. Download here.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Audit Tool
A tool to conduct observation audits of donning and doffing PPE and track compliance. Download here.
Environmental Cleaning Spreadsheet
An environmental cleaning audit tool available on the CDC website that each individual nursing home can modify and edit. Download here.