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Influenza, pneumococcal and COVID vaccines are proven to reduce death and hospitalization among nursing home residents. Many factors influence vaccine acceptance including perceptions about vaccine safety and flu severity, concerns about side effects and health equity with rates often varying by factors such as resident age, race, facility type and location. This series is designed to share best practices for root cause analysis of rates, increasing facility vaccination rates and collaboration with community partners to increase overall community immunization rates.

Influenza, pneumococcal and COVID vaccines are proven to reduce death and hospitalization among nursing home residents. Many factors influence vaccine acceptance including perceptions about vaccine safety and flu severity, concerns about side effects and health equity with rates often varying by factors such as resident age, race, facility type and location. This series is designed to share best practices for root cause analysis of rates, increasing facility vaccination rates and collaboration with community partners to increase overall community immunization rates.

The Role of Pharmacological Agents in the Prevention and Mitigation of Delirium

  • Evidence based content on identifying medications that can cause delirium
  • Suggestions on deprescribing of deliriogenic medications
  • Alternatives to deliriogenic medications
  • Use of medications to alleviate/mitigate symptoms of hyperactive behaviors
  1. Learn how the virtual decision guide “Go To The Hospital or Stay Here” can be used to facilitate change of condition conversations and reduce readmissions.
  2. Benefit from peer-to-peer sharing of implementation best practices, including use by hospitals and other post-acute care partners.
  3. Hear about tools and resources to support implementation.

Burnout and compassion fatigue are very common for individuals working in medical and other helping professions. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the concepts and encourage attendees to consider how these signs and symptoms show up on an individual level. The presentation will also review some key strategies and techniques for preventing and responding to these conditions. Attendees will be asked to select one strategy to integrate into their lives that fosters self-care.

Delirium is a common and potentially preventable complication of illness or injury, especially for those individuals of advanced age and/or baseline cognitive impairment. Please join us for a series of discussions surrounding the following topics related to delirium prevention, identification, treatment and management. Case examples across the health care continuum will be introduced to facilitate relatability. Each session will be 30 minutes in length.

Delirium is a common and potentially preventable complication of illness or injury, especially for those individuals of advanced age and/or baseline cognitive impairment. Please join us for a series of discussions surrounding the following topics related to delirium prevention, identification, treatment and management. Case examples across the health care continuum will be introduced to facilitate relatability. Each session will be 30 minutes in length.

This session will provide participants with information about the disease of opioid use disorder (including the elderly population); opioid pharmacology; stigma and drug addiction; harmful consequences of opioid abuse and basic approaches to prevent and treat opioid use disorders. The importance of universally screening patients for substance use disorder and opioid use disorder will also be discussed. Participants will gain an understanding of the SBIRT model and knowledge of the tools used in identifying and assisting patients in primary care or other settings, who are at risk for mild, moderate, or potentially excessive use of alcohol, opioids, or other drugs.

Join us to learn about one health system’s experience implementing remote patient monitoring (RPM). This approach has helped to provide a safe transition of care for patients suspected of having COVID (PUI) and COVID positive patients who were discharged from the ED. When properly implemented, remote patient monitoring prevents avoidable readmissions. Together, we will learn about the elements of an effective RPM program used during COVID and consider the potential for future RPM use in helping to manage patients with chronic diseases.

All long term care facilities have experienced an infectious disease pandemic of worldwide proportions in 2020 – 2021. Many facilities also experienced natural disasters and/or man-made disasters while managing COVID-19 at the same time. Core emergency preparedness and response actions are the same between COVID and natural and/or man-made disasters and many are different. This discussion will highlight the range of natural and man-made disasters faced by the seven (7) states while simultaneously managing COVID. We will consider the differences in response approaches and the similarities.

In this webinar, participants will learn about the dangers associated with opioid misuse. The relationship between increased risk of opioid use disorder when patients/clients are experiencing mental health and physical issues will be presented. The risk associated with specific disorders such as depression and post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) and opioid misuse will also be shared with participants. Additionally, the changes in the brain that occur with opioid misuse will be emphasized. Participants will have an opportunity to actively participate by posting questions and sharing comments.

The holiday season adds another layer of complexity to leading teams working to build resilience and establish a new normal. Join our conversation as we talk about approaches and resources for successfully leading, recognizing, and supporting teams through and beyond the holidays.

Objectives:

At the conclusion of the sessions, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the elements of building resilience.
  2. Discuss the impact of trauma on attempts to return to normalcy.
  3. Use skills to assist themselves in finding individual methods to increase mindfulness and decrease stress.

Urinary tract infections in nursing homes impact patient and resident quality of life, quality measures and readmissions. Join the conversation with our esteemed physician speakers as they discuss current best practices around recognition, diagnosis, prevention, and antibiotic stewardship.

This webinar will explore the connection between your vaccination rates and processes to your quality program and practices.

 

Learning Objectives:

• Understand what your facility’s flu and pneumonia vaccination rates reveal about the strength of your quality program

• Learn what your flu and pneumonia vaccination rates are telling you about your admission practices

• Recognize how MDS coding plays a part in your quality measure rates

• Know how to use EHR, CASPER and Provider Preview reports in your quality program

• Learn how to improve your vaccination rates

CDI is a common cause of healthcare associated (HAI) infection. Accurate diagnosis of CDI links to appropriate use of lab testing thus guiding CDI prevention, management and optimizing resident outcome. Introduction of a diagnostic stewardship as a best practice in antibiotic medication management, aiming to decrease antimicrobial use and C. difficile infection rates begin with effective diagnostic stewardship interventions.

 

The benefit of an effective diagnostic stewardship program applied to CDI is improved accuracy of CDI diagnosis and appropriate antibiotic use, reduce false positive HAI, and improve the value to residents and quality of care through prevention and appropriateness of treatment.

Topics include:

  • Using a Virtual Hospital Decision Guide with Patients, Families and Health Care Agents
  • Building a Trauma Informed Workplace
  1. COVID-19 has amplified the need for creative ways to communicate with patients and families when changes in condition occur. Learn how the virtual decision guide “Go To The Hospital or Stay Here” can be used to facilitate conversations and reduce readmissions.
  2. Healthcare providers are experiencing anxiety and stress in unprecedented levels and many have experienced significant trauma. Learn how organizations can identify and address trauma through an increased understanding of trauma and it’s far reaching implications.

As addictions professionals, we often have gaps in our education around the basics of how our brain functions as well how that functioning is impacted by substance use, addiction, and recovery. Neuroscience of Addiction is a foundational course designed to introduce the fundamentals of brain functioning in ways that are both understandable and can be effectively utilized in treatment.