The CMS Hospital Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship Program 2022 will discuss the many changes to the infection control standards that went into effect in November 2021, including a new requirement to have an antibiotic stewardship program.
The CMS Hospital Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship Program 2022 will cover in-depth the Infection Control Worksheet from CMS. Though no longer utilized by CMS, it is an excellent tool to prepare a facility for a survey. The conditions of participation and standards in the manual will be addressed using the worksheet. CMS incorporated the areas covered in the worksheet into the standards.
Other requirements of the recent changes include the infection preventionist needs to be appointed by the board after approval by nursing leadership and Medical Executive Committee. Hospitals must have a hospital-wide antibiotic stewardship program and follow nationally recognized infection control standards.
The CMS Hospital Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship Program 2022 will cover the CDC vaccine storage and handling toolkit and the CDC procedures for cleaning and disinfecting reusable medical devices.
Finally, infection control issues related to COVID-19 will be discussed. This includes several memos from CMS including the targeted infection control surveys and self-assessment. The CDC also has many resources and recommendations on COVID-19 that will be covered.
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