On-Demand Conference Session: Using Technology to Manage Your Infection Prevention and Control Program

Recorded On: 04/21/2021

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With increased government focus on infection control, plus limited staff and resources, leveraging technology could be the answer to managing your program. By teaching all staff to enter infections immediately and granting leadership access to needed surveillance statistics, technology can prove to be cost effective, help manage by exception, and get the data quickly and conveniently from one location. We’ll explore the ways a line listing can be used to track infections, testing, notifications to government agencies, and QAPI initiatives, helping alleviate potential F-Tags and fines. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of staff being able to enter and store data in a central location
  • Demonstrate ways to sort and filter extensive line listing data to help identify root causes
  • Recognize the importance of leadership support of infection control initiatives
  • Apply the use of technology to manage by exception, saving resource time over paper records

Laurie Laxton, RN, BSN, CCFA, RAC-CT, IP-BC

Clinical Education Program Lead

Inovalon/ABILITY Network

As an Operating Room Nurse, Coordinator of the UCLA Hand Center, and later, the Hip and Pelvic Reconstructive Division of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, Laurie was involved in cutting-edge technology, care, and infection prevention.  In the late 1990s, Laurie started a consulting business advising school districts and day camps on CPR/First Aid, medication administration, care planning and incident reporting. In 2009, she became a Nurse Auditor, contracting with three national firms to conduct hospital and skilled nursing facility audits in several states. Currently, she is the Clinical Education Program Lead and a Board Certified Infection Preventionist at the ABILITY Network teaching customers how to read and interpret their data to help drive focus in patient care and performance improvement.

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