IPC PROs Helping Each Other: How to Engage Employees and Staff in the LTC Setting

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Oct 16, 2023

IPC PROs Helping Each Other: How to Engage Employees and Staff in the LTC Setting

Emily Gaddam MHDS, RN, CIC, Nurse Epidemiologist - Infection Prevention &

Emily Gaddam MHDS, RN, CIC, Nurse Epidemiologist - Infection Prevention & Control, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

We use an accountability model.I talked to some pre-op RNs the other day, and one of the nurses said while working in a COVID ICU, she got feedback from one of our nurses, and from then on, she hasn't forgotten- that it stuck with her.

Jill Holdsworth, CIC, FAPIC, NREMT, CRCST, Manager, Infection Prevention at Emory University Hospital Midtown

I like to use modes of transmission to communication that people will remember and want to talk about. Two of my favorite books on this (introduced to me by Scott Criswell ) are "Drunk Tank Pink" and a second one called "Contagious—making your ideas go Viral."Learning ways to use humor, color, images, and other behavior modification techniques is where we need go with education and rolling out initiatives.

Janet Hsieh-Li, DNP, RN, CIC, Infection Control Coordinator

It is frustrating when staff forgets the most basic IC requirements. Some of the strategies that have worked are (a) cards that can be attached to ID badges for quick reference, (b) playing games with IC requirements and giving out small prizes to new employees, and (c) handwritten notes to employees with a copy to their supervisor when they remember and follow the correct IC protocol.

Barmak Kusha, MPH, CIC Infection Preventionist | Infectious Disease Epidemiologist

Multiple modes of information communication; repetition; rounding together to educate to the why; frequent quantitative and quantitative feedback

Emily Gaddam MHDS, RN, CIC, Nurse Epidemiologist - Infection Prevention & Control, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Jill Holdsworth, CIC, FAPIC, NREMT, CRCST, Manager, Infection Prevention at Emory University Hospital Midtown Janet Hsieh-Li, DNP, RN, CIC, Infection Control Coordinator Barmak Kusha, MPH, CIC Infection Preventionist | Infectious Disease Epidemiologist