Sherry Culp, Kentucky State Long-Term Care Ombudsman stated, “We want the residents and their families to have the best experience possible while residing in a facility. Through participation in the AHRQ Safety Program for Long-Term Care: HAIs/CAUTI we are supporting nursing homes to: adopt evidence-based practices to prevent healthcare-associated infections as well as to learn how to use teamwork and communication tools to improve safety culture in their institutions.” As one of five State Ombudsman Programs in the country selected to participate in this project, the Kentucky State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (KY SLTCOP) began working on the project in December 2015.
“In order to achieve the project goals of improving safety culture and preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection and other infections, we’ll provide education on technical and cultural interventions. Clinical interventions relative to infection prevention in the long-term care setting will also be explored. Additional information will be provided on how clinical practices influence transitions of care, such as to and from the hospital,” said Jodi Holsclaw, Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman with the SLTCOP. Local ombudsmen who advocate for residents of long-term care will receive extensive training in infection prevention and control and disseminate healthcare-associated infection prevention knowledge and resources to residents and families. The resources will include information on hand hygiene, environment and equipment, isolation precautions and antibiotic stewardship.
About the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass, Inc.
The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass, Inc. (NHOA) is an independent, nonprofit agency founded in 1981. Its mission is to improve the quality of care for residents of long-term care facilities. To learn more about NHOA’s services, call(859) 277-9215 or visit http://www.ombuddy.org.