IInfections are among the most frequent and significant problems facing nursing facility residents today. They account for a large proportion of morbidity and mortality, and for many hospital transfers. Most infections involve the urinary tract, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, or skin and soft tissues. 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Conditions of Participation requires an infection prevention and control program in certified nursing facilities. In addition, state and local health departments typically require certain infection prevention and control systems to be in place to control outbreaks and report potentially contagious infections and diseases. 
Infection prevention and control is a facility-wide effort involving all disciplines and individuals. It should also be considered an integral part of a facility’s overall quality assurance and performance improvement program, and should have the active support of the administration, residents, families, clinical and support staff, and attending physicians. Because of changing requirements and circumstances, the infection prevention and control program should be considered a dynamic, not static, process. Its usefulness and effectiveness should be reevaluated periodically. 

NO COST INFECTION CONTROL PREVENTIST (ICP)  FOR LONG TERM CARE COURSE LINK PROVIDED TO ALL CURRENT STUDENTS WHOSE 30 DAY COURSE ACCESS HAS NOT EXPIRED. *Disclaimer: Joshua Tree Private school is not affiliated with the Infection Preventionist Training Course or the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)