Long Term Care

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Advance Directives: Guidelines for Healthcare Providers

Product code: M118        

Overview:

Approaches the subject from the point of view of healthcare staff and offers suggestions for communications with patients. Presents an overview of advance directives, the types, legal implications and patient considerations.

Award Winner: National Council on Family Relations Media Awards

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Advance Directives: The Decision Is Yours

Product code: M119        

Overview:

This program provides patients and their families with a clear understanding of the reasons for making advance directives and the personal values and other issues when making an advance directive.

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Advance Directives: The Decision Is Yours Hospice Version

Product code: M119H        

Overview:

"Hospice Version": Provides patients and their families with a clear understanding of the reasons for making advance directives and the personal values and other issues to consider when making an advance directive.

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Alzheimers Care

Product code: M289    Copyright © 2018
    

OVERVIEW:

Today, Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. This brain disease destroys brain cells, causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior. It is the most common form of dementia. There is currently no cure, but new treatments are on the horizon as a result of accelerating insight into the biology of the disease. Research has also shown that effective care and support can improve quality of life for individuals and their caregivers over the course of the disease from diagnosis to the end of life.

OBJECTIVES:

After viewing the program, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand what Alzheimer’s disease is
  • Know the three stages of the disease
  • Know how it affects the person's communication skills and successful strategies to intervene
  • Learn approaches for the caregiver on the person's activities of daily living
  • Understand common behavior problems in dementia residents and learn interventions for each problem

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Communicating with Persons with Dementia

Product code: M291    Copyright © 2018
    

OVERVIEW:
Communication is a fundamental component of human relationships. It is important for everyone to be able to communicate their needs and the choices that they are making, as a way to preserve our sense of identity. Particularly with people with dementia, communication can be challenging, but it is important to realize how critical the communication aspect is in maintaining the resident’s quality of life.

OBJECTIVES:
After viewing the program, the learner will be able to:

•    Recognize the difficulties of communicating with a person with dementia
•    Identify the factors that may affect a person with dementias ability to communicate
•    Indicate how to adjust your approach in communicating with a person with dementia
•    Determine how body language affects a persons communication
•    Describe the importance of social groups for a person with dementia
•    Identify common communication problems in dementia residents and learn interventions for each problem

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Continuous Quality Improvement in Long Term Care

Product code: M128        

Overview:

This program introduces and explains the background, philosophy and workings of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and relates it to specific applications in the long term care setting. The differences between CQI and Quality Assurance are discussed, along with the importance of leadership, training, empowerment and removing barriers. Means of data collection and tools for interpreting data are presented. Vignettes show how an interdisciplinary team uses the CQI process to improve skin care management in a long term care facility.

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Dementia Behavior Management

Product code: M292    Copyright © 2018
    

OVERVIEW:
It is common for problem behaviors to occur among older adults in the long term care setting, and these behaviors can negatively impact the resident’s health and quality of life. It doesn’t stop there, however, because the effects of problem behaviors are also felt by caregivers and other residents within the facility. It is pertinent for nurses and all healthcare workers to identify problem behaviors, as well as how to promptly intervene.

OBJECTIVES:
After viewing the program, the learner will be able to:

•    List four reasons why disruptive behaviors may occur
•    Identify the 5 Rs to prevent problem behaviors
•    Indicate how acute medical problems affect behavior
•    Recognize four stressors that have an impact on behavior
•    Name three symptoms of Sundowners syndrome
•    Explain what a catastrophic reaction is and what provokes it
•    List six ways to defuse and de-escalate potential danger

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Dementia Care

Product code: M288    Copyright © 2018
    

OVERVIEW:

Nursing Assistants have a great responsibility in administering care that supports optimal function, maintains safety, and provides quality of life to those who have lost the ability to determine their own course in life. The skills required to work with residents with dementia include exceptional levels of observation, discernment, and patience. Nursing staff must work closely with other disciplines and departments to ensure a safe and pleasant environment for all residents is maintained.

OBJECTIVES:

After viewing the program, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify types and symptoms of dementia
  • Identify changes in toileting and continence
  • State potential health risks that result from functional decline
  • Identify safety considerations associated with Activities of Daily Living
  • Identify approaches for effective care in bathing, dressing, and eating activities
  • State how activities and stimuli affect residents with dementia
  • Identify focused observations which must be reported
  • State how resident needs may be communicated

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Elopement Prevention

Product code: M290    Copyright © 2018
    

OVERVIEW:

Caregivers must maintain constant vigilance over their wards, taking every precaution to prevent unsafe wandering. While not all wandering is unsafe, caregivers in the long term care setting must understand that the potential for harm from a resident's wandering is ever present. Furthermore, they must know what to do in case a resident wanders or elopes from the facility and what to do once the resident is found.

OBJECTIVES:

After viewing the program, the learner will be able to:

  • Define the terms wandering and elopement
  • Determine the difference between safe and unsafe wandering
  • Identify triggers of unsafe wandering
  • Assess new residents for at-risk behaviors
  • Describe the importance of periodic and ongoing reassessment
  • Identify wandering prevention strategies
  • Discuss the importance of electronic methods of intervention
  • Discuss the steps to take when a resident missing
  • Discuss the steps to take when that resident is found

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Fall Prevention in Long Term Care Part 1: Risk Assessment

Product code: M201SA    Copyright © 2015
    

OVERVIEW:

Falls among older residents and other at-risk residents are very common. This program will cover the importance of making a risk assessment for each person in your care, and a risk assessment of the environment at the facility.

 This is the first program in Medcom’s Fall Prevention series—updated with a new look and feel—that can help you and your institution meet the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals for Long Term Care.

 

OBJECTIVES:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the seven crucial screening factors that must be assessed to determine a resident's level of fall risk.
  • Conduct a thorough risk assessment of the environment throughout the facility.
  • Accurately identify which patients are at risk for trips and falls in a facility.
  • Educate at risk residents and their family members about the specific risk factors associated with their condition, and review strategies to minimize them.
  • Utilize a variety of tools and techniques to minimize fall risk in the resident environment.

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Fall Prevention in Long Term Care Part 2: Preventive Strategies and Products

Product code: M201SB    Copyright © 2015
    

OVERVIEW:

Falls are associated with increased morbidity and mortality, especially for those over 65. This program provides nurses and other healthcare providers with information about the wide variety of preventative strategies and products that can be used to reduce the risk of injury from falls.

This is the second program in Medcom’s Fall Prevention series—updated with a new look and feel—that can help you and your institution meet the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals for Long Term Care.

OBJECTIVES:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the risk or level of risk for residents
  • Implement preventative strategies and nursing procedures to reduce the risk of falls for residents
  • Utilize a wide range of tools and products designed to prevent falls and protect residents from fall-related injuries.

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Fall Prevention in Long Term Care Part 3: A Comprehensive Fall Prevention Program

Product code: M201SC    Copyright © 2015
    

OVERVIEW:

Falls are associated with increased morbidity and mortality, especially for those over 65. This program will describe creating a comprehensive fall reduction program.  In addition, the steps to make to a post-fall report will be provided.

This is the third program in Medcom’s 3-part Fall Prevention series—updated with a new look and feel—that can help you and your institution meet the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals for Long Term Care.

OBJECTIVES:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the purpose and duties of a fall prevention committee
  • Explain the importance of defining risk assessment policies and procedures within the facility
  • Describe the importance of defining fall prevention protocols, educating fellow staff members and monitoring the effectiveness of protocols once they have been put in place
  • Outline important points to cover in a post-fall assessment and root cause analysis

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HIPAA for Long Term Care Workers

Product code: M225S        

OVERVIEW:

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 was developed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system, and many changes have been implemented since then within the field. This program focuses on how long term care facilities have been affected, and the new practices of healthcare workers in these environments.


OBJECTIVES:

After viewing this program, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the overall purpose and goals of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the specific objectives that are being implemented now
  • Explain the role of the HIPAA implementation team, as well as the role of the individual healthcare worker in ensuring compliance to HIPAA reforms
  • Implement administrative simplification reforms as defined by your HIPAA implementation team
  • Demonstrate compliance with privacy reforms, including written notice, acknowledgement, prior authorization and minimum disclosure
  • Demonstrate compliance with data security reforms, including issues regarding workplace layout, information storage and rules covering conversation

 

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Infection Control in Long Term Care: An Introduction

Product code: M277A    Copyright © 2014
    

Series Overview:

Controlling and preventing the spread of infection has always been a goal in any healthcare setting. But in recent decades challenges presented by dangerous bloodborne pathogens like HIV and hepatitis B and C, and a rise in the number of multidrug-resistant organisms, has made reducing the number of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) more important than ever for healthcare professionals working in all healthcare settings.

This five-part series is designed to assist nurses and others working in long term care in preventing the spread of infections by providing important background information and practical strategies for keeping residents - and coworkers safe from infectious pathogens.

Overview:

Faced with dangerous bloodborne pathogens like HIV and hepatitis B and C, and a rise in the number of multidrug-resistant organisms, preventing the spread of infections has never been more important for healthcare professionals working in long term care.

This program - the first in a five-part series on infection control - provides healthcare professionals working in long term care with background information on the development of infection control techniques, and reviews the fundamentals of pathogen transmission, which serves as the basis for strategies to interrupt that transmission.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe events the led to the development of improved infection control practices
  • Name two measures developed by OSHA and the Joint Commission to improve infection control practices
  • Identify the CDC network used for reporting healthcare-acquired infections
  • Identify and describe each link in the Chain of Infection

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Infection Control in Long Term Care: Multidrug-resistant Organisms

Product code: M277E    Copyright © 2014
    

Series Overview:

Controlling and preventing the spread of infection has always been a goal in any healthcare setting. But in recent decades challenges presented by dangerous bloodborne pathogens like HIV and hepatitis B and C, and a rise in the number of multidrug-resistant organisms, has made reducing the number of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) more important than ever for healthcare professionals working in all healthcare settings.

This five-part series is designed to assist nurses and others working in long term care in preventing the spread of infections by providing important background information and practical strategies for keeping residents - and coworkers safe from infectious pathogens.

Overview:

Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) are primarily the result of unnecessary and excessive antibiotic use, and are associated with increased patient and resident morbidity and mortality, increased length of stays, and rising costs of care. Therefore, it is prudent that the spread of these microorganisms be prevented. This course, the last in the five part Infection Control in Long Term Care series, is designed to provide healthcare professionals working in long term care with essential information about the causes of MDROs, the main types of MDROs, and their characteristics.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe the main reasons for the upsurge in multidrug-resistant organisms
  • Identify and understand the key characteristics of different MDROs
  • Implement strategies to prevent the spread of MDROs

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Infection Control in Long Term Care: Precautions

Product code: M277CR    Copyright © 2014
    

Series Overview:

Controlling and preventing the spread of infection has always been a goal in any healthcare setting. But in recent decades challenges presented by dangerous bloodborne pathogens like HIV and hepatitis B and C, and a rise in the number of multidrug-resistant organisms, has made reducing the number of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) more important than ever for healthcare professionals working in all healthcare settings.

This five-part series is designed to assist nurses and others working in long term care in preventing the spread of infections by providing important background information and practical strategies for keeping residents - and coworkers safe from infectious pathogens.

UPDATED INFORMATION:

This program is updated to acknowledge that gowns and gloves should be worn by staff for all interactions that involve contact with the resident's bodily fluids, blood, secretions, or excretions, as well as contact with potentially contaminated areas in the environment. PPE should be donned before entry into the room and discarded before exit.

Overview:

Precautions have been developed by OSHA and the CDC to help prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases. It is essential that all healthcare professionals working in long term care be aware of and abide by these precautions. This third course in the five part series on Infection Control in Long Term Care is designed to introduce and discuss these infection control policies.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
  • Describe the CDC's Standard Precautions.
  • Explain the elements of the CDC's Transmission-based Precautions.
  • Describe the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act.
  • Implement infection prevention practice strategies, including handling sharps, linen and trash, contaminated spills, and addressing lab issues.

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Infection Control in Long Term Care: Regulatory and Administrative Measures

Product code: M277B    Copyright © 2014
    

Series Overview:

Controlling and preventing the spread of infection has always been a goal in any healthcare setting. But in recent decades challenges presented by dangerous bloodborne pathogens like HIV and hepatitis B and C, and a rise in the number of multidrug-resistant organisms, has made reducing the number of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) more important than ever for healthcare professionals working in all healthcare settings.

This five-part series is designed to assist nurses and others working in long term care in preventing the spread of infections by providing important background information and practical strategies for keeping residents - and coworkers safe from infectious pathogens.

Overview:

Reducing the number of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is a complex issue and a number of government agencies and healthcare organizations have developed guidelines and standards to prevent the transmission of dangerous pathogens.

This program - the second in a five-part series on infection control - provides healthcare professionals working in long term care with an understanding of administrative and regulatory measures from the CDC, OSHA, and the Joint Commission that are designed to protect healthcare workers - and the residents they care for - from dangerous pathogens in the long term care environment.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Identify four federal agencies that work to prevent transmission of HAI
  • Describe three approaches the Joint Commission uses to promote infection control in healthcare facilities
  • Define a “sentinel event”
  • Explain the benefit of reporting infection transmission data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

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Infection Control in Long Term Care: Safe Work Practices

Product code: M277DR    Copyright © 2014
    

Series Overview:

Controlling and preventing the spread of infection has always been a goal in any healthcare setting. But in recent decades challenges presented by dangerous bloodborne pathogens like HIV and hepatitis B and C, and a rise in the number of multidrug-resistant organisms, has made reducing the number of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) more important than ever for healthcare professionals working in all healthcare settings.

This five-part series is designed to assist nurses and others working in long term care in preventing the spread of infections by providing important background information and practical strategies for keeping residents - and coworkers safe from infectious pathogens.

UPDATED INFORMATION:

This program is updated to acknowledge that soap and water should be used by healthcare professionals when their hands are visibly soiled, before eating, after using the restroom, when caring for residents with known or suspected C difficile or Norovirus infection, and if there is a buildup of the alcohol-based hand rub.

Overview:

Safe practices have been developed by OSHA, the CDC, and NIOSH to help prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases. It is essential that all healthcare professionals working in long term care be aware of and abide by these preventive practices. This is the fourth course in the five part series on Infection Control in Long Term Care and is designed to introduce and discuss these infection control policies.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of performing proper hand hygiene
  • Describe and properly perform the different hand hygiene methods
  • Perform appropriate fingernail care
  • Describe the appropriate use of personal protective equipment
  • Demonstrate how to remove personal protective equipment properly
  • Describe considerations related to infection control safe practices

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Lifting Safely to Prevent Injury

Product code: M232S        

Overview:

Providing care to those who are ill or frail often requires lifting and moving them. But the weight and awkwardness of the human form, often combined with tight spaces, put caregivers at risk for injury. Anyone providing direct care must understand the risks associated with lifting and moving residents and efforts they can take to reduce those risks.

This updated program on lifting safely describes the importance of mobility assistance for residents, reviews the body mechanics involved in the process of lifting safely and offers several general rules to keep in mind when you approach any lifting task. By paying attention to safe lifting techniques at all times, you can help avoid injury to yourself and to residents.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of mobility assistance.
  • Describe the proper body mechanics for lifting a resident.
  • Describe assisting residents with different abilities.

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Meeting the Diabetes Challenge in Long Term Care

Product code: M175        

Overview:

This video describes the effects of diabetes on long term care residents and the treatment methods used to manage this disease. The program covers the following topics: diabetes pathology, nutritional and exercise therapy, medication and insulin therapy, monitoring diabetes, long term complications and leg and foot care.

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Meeting the Diabetes Challenge in Long Term Care

Product code: M175R        

Overview:

This video describes the effects of diabetes on long term care residents and the treatment methods used to manage this disease. The program covers the following topics: diabetes pathology, nutritional and exercise therapy, medication and insulin therapy, monitoring diabetes, long term complications and leg and foot care.

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National Patient Safety Goals for Long Term Care 2018

Product code: M233R19    Copyright © 2017
    

OVERVIEW:
This program provides nurses and other healthcare professionals with an understanding of the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals for long term care environments.

While the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals for long term care are largely unchanged for 2018, the look and feel of this course has been updated with a new format and new scenes and graphics.

The following goals, and the elements of practice to meet these goals, are described in this program:

  • Improve the accuracy of resident identification
  • Improve the safety of using medications
  • Reduce the risk of health care-associated infections
  • Reduce the risk of resident harm resulting from falls
  • Prevent healthcare-associated pressure ulcers

The program also describes a sample model of a resident safety plan that the Commission has suggested for every institution.

OBJECTIVES:
The goal of this program is to define and discuss the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals for long term care environments for 2018, and provides a detailed review of the various patient safety goals for long term care that have been identified for implementation, plus the Elements of Performance that will be required to meet these goals.

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:  

  • Identify the concerns and problems that led to development of the Joint Commission's NPSG
  • Describe the patient safety goals long term care setting
  • Identify and implement the key Elements of Performance developed to accomplish the patient safety goals

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Preventing Bloodborne Infections in Long Term Care: Preventing Transmission, Protecting Yourself

Product code: M274B        

Series Overview:

In the 1980s, the worldwide AIDS epidemic focused new attention on infection control procedures, particularly as they relate to bloodborne pathogens such as the virus that causes AIDS, HIV and the hepatitis B and C viruses. After intense study by both the CDC and OSHA, new recommendations and mandates were made that brought about many changes in healthcare practice to help prevent the spread of bloodborne infections.

This new 3-part series, Preventing Bloodborne Infections in Long Term Care, provides learners with an understanding of the pathogenicity of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and strategies developed for the long term care environment to prevent their spread through work practice controls and engineering controls.

Overview:

One effect of the AIDS epidemic was an intensified scrutiny of infection control practices throughout American and world healthcare, particularly practices relating to the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, such as HIV and the hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses. After intense study by both the CDC and OSHA, new recommendations and mandates brought many changes in healthcare practice to help prevent the spread of these bloodborne infections.

This is the second of three programs on preventing bloodborne infections, and it will examine the measures you can take in the long term care environment to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens, as well as how to protect yourself in the healthcare workplace.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe Universal Precautions.
  • Describe Standard Precautions.*
  • Describe post-exposure responses.
  • Describe the use of gloves for protection against bloodborne infections.
  • Describe the use of eyeware for protection against bloodborne infections.
  • Describe the use of gowns for protection against bloodborne infections

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Preventing Bloodborne Infections in Long Term Care: Bloodborne Viruses

Product code: M274A        

Series Overview:

In the 1980s, the worldwide AIDS epidemic focused new attention on infection control procedures, particularly as they relate to bloodborne pathogens such as the virus that causes AIDS, HIV and the hepatitis B and C viruses. After intense study by both the CDC and OSHA, new recommendations and mandates were made that brought about many changes in healthcare practice to help prevent the spread of bloodborne infections.

This new 3-part series, Preventing Bloodborne Infections in Long Term Care, provides learners with an understanding of the pathogenicity of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and strategies developed for the long term care environment to prevent their spread through work practice controls and engineering controls.

Overview:

Infection control practices in healthcare have changed radically since the advent of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C in the 1980s. While the hazards remain, changes in care practices and protective devices have improved the safety of healthcare professionals against bloodborne pathogens as never before.

This first of three programs on preventing bloodborne infections, describes the dangerous bloodborne viruses themselves and how they are transmitted.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of HIV and AIDS.
  • Describe the characteristics of hepatitis B and C.
  • Describe the sources of transmission of bloodborne infections.
  • Describe the modes of transmission of bloodborne infections outside the workplace.
  • Describe the modes of transmission of bloodborne infections at the workplace.

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Preventing Bloodborne Infections in Long Term Care: Engineering Controls and Work Practice Controls

Product code: M274C        

Series Overview:

In the 1980s, the worldwide AIDS epidemic focused new attention on infection control procedures, particularly as they relate to bloodborne pathogens such as the virus that causes AIDS, HIV and the hepatitis B and C viruses. After intense study by both the CDC and OSHA, new recommendations and mandates were made that brought about many changes in healthcare practice to help prevent the spread of bloodborne infections.

This new 3-part series, Preventing Bloodborne Infections in Long Term Care, provides learners with an understanding of the pathogenicity of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and strategies developed for the long term care environment to prevent their spread through work practice controls and engineering controls.

Overview:

After intense study by both the CDC and OSHA, new recommendations and mandates were made that brought about many changes in healthcare practice to help prevent the spread of bloodborne infections. Some of these involve changes to practices at work — such as to regularly wearing personal protective equipment — but others require basic changes to the engineering and design of medical equipment to make them safer to use.

This is the third of three programs on preventing bloodborne infections, and it will examine OSHA mandated changes in medical equipment — engineering controls — and the way tasks are performed — work practice controls

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the safe handling of sharps and use of safer needle devices.
  • Describe decontamination and cleaning procedures.
  • Describe the CDC hand hygiene guidelines.

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Preventing Elder Abuse: Helping Keep Residents Safe

Product code: M217S    Copyright © 2018
    

OVERVIEW:

Over time, elder abuse has become a serious issue in the United States, and it has drastically increased in the last ten years. As more elders are entering into nursing home and hospital settings, it is critical that nurses and healthcare professionals are aware of this growing issue to make every possible effort to prevent it.

Nurses are mandatory reporters of abuse, whether suspected or not, so it is pertinent that they are familiar with the risk factors that can lead a caregiver to be abusive and what to do if elder abuse is suspected. This program outlines the various types of abuse, and the signs of its occurrence.

OBJECTIVES:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • •Describe types and signs of elder abuse
  • •Identify factors that put elders at risk of becoming abused
  • •Identify factors that put caregivers at risk of becoming abusive
  • •Describe the steps that should be taken if elder abuse is suspected
  • •Identify when reporting is necessary and how and where to report suspected abuse

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Preventing Healthcare-associated Infections in Long Term Care Part 1: Prevention Review

Product code: M287A    Copyright © 2018
    

OVERVIEW:
Healthcare-associated infections in long term care are infections that develop after a resident's admission to a long term care facility.  Elderly residents in both acute and long term care settings are particularly vulnerable to infections, partly due to the age-related decline in immunologic function, but also due to the fact that antibody production declines with age.

This program, the first in a two-part series, provides nurses and others with an understanding of the importance of preventing healthcare-associated infections in long-term care, starting with a review of infection control guidelines and procedures recommended by government agencies and professional organizations.

OBJECTIVES:
After viewing this program, the learner should be able to:

•    List the six links in the Chain of Infection
•    Identify the most effective means of preventing the transmission of pathogens
•    Describe the key components of both Standard Precautions and Transmission-based Precautions
•    Explain Safe Injection Practices

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Preventing Healthcare-associated Infections in Long Term Care Part 2: Facility Concerns

Product code: M287B    Copyright © 2018
    

OVERVIEW:
Healthcare-associated infections in long term care are infections that develop after a resident's admission to a long term care facility.  Elderly residents in both acute and long term care settings are particularly vulnerable to infections, partly due to the age-related decline in immunologic function, but also due to the fact that antibody production declines with age. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has specific requirements aimed at reducing healthcare-associated infections in long term care settings. Other organizations, such as the Joint Commission and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) have also developed recommendations and guidelines for reducing healthcare-associated infections.

This program, the second in a two-part series, describes the requirements and guidelines aimed at preventing healthcare-associated infections in long-term care. In addition, strategies for preventing the transmission of infections of concern often found in long term care settings—such as pneumonia, CAUTI, C. diff., and Candida auris—are demonstrated and described.

OBJECTIVES:
After viewing this program, the learner should be able to:

Describe components of a facility’s Infection Control Program and Quality Assurance Program as required by CMS.
Describe risk factors and control measures for the following:
•    Influenza
•    Pneumonia
•    UTIs/CAUTI
•    Pressure wounds
•    MRSA
•    C. diff
•    Candida auris

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Preventing Unsafe Wandering and Elopement

Product code: M228R        

Overview:

This course is designed to provide caregivers in the long term care setting with an overview of the skills necessary to prevent residents from participating in behaviors that can lead to unsafe wandering. This includes how to provide accurate assessment of residents in their care, intervene when unsafe wandering is recognized and what to do if a resident wanders away.

Purpose/Overall Goal:

The goal of this program is to define and discuss current and forthcoming HIPAA initiatives regarding patient privacy and data security. The program provides a detailed review of the reforms that have been identified for implementation and provides information to help healthcare workers comply with these new guidelines.

Objectives:

After completing this course the learner will be able to:
  • Define the terms wandering and elopement
  • Determine the difference between safe and unsafe wandering
  • Identify triggers of unsafe wandering
  • Assess new residents for at-risk behaviors
  • Describe the importance of periodic and ongoing reassessment
  • Identify wandering prevention strategies
  • Discuss the importance of electronic methods of intervention
  • Discuss the steps to take when a resident is missing
  • Discuss the steps to take when that resident is found

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Promoting Independence for Persons with Dementia

Product code: M293    Copyright © 2018
    

OVERVIEW:
Caregivers have a great responsibility in administering care to residents with dementia. The disease itself causes loss of judgment, reasoning, memory, and communication skills that can lead the resident with dementia into risk and danger if not properly managed. Activities of daily living can often be affected with the onset of dementia as well. Exceptional levels of observation, discernment, and patience are needed when working with residents with dementia, and workers in long term care facilities must be equipped with these skills.

OBJECTIVES:
After viewing the program, the learner will be able to:

•    Apply the principles of independence and dignity while assisting with ADLs
•    Identify what needs to be done at each stage of AD and related dementias
•    Recognize personal care strategies for dressing
•    Recognize personal care strategies for bathing
•    Recognize personal care strategies for eating
•    Know options to encourage a resident to improve their eating habits
•    Recognize personal care strategies for grooming
•    Recognize personal care strategies for toileting

 

 

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Resident Assessment: Physical Functioning

Product code: M115        

Overview:

Introduces the "Physical Functioning and Structural Problems" section of the Minimum Data Set and explains how codes are used to evaluate the resident in the ADL categories. The sets of codes for ADL Self-Performance and for ADL Support are introduced, and the difference between the two sets of codes is explained. Then each ADL category is defined and illustrated.

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Resident Care Management

Product code: 78583        


Overview:
This program stresses the importance of communication and direction to the direct care giving staff. Viewers will be able to identify methods for organizing and improving care, integrate basic steps of the care process into each workday task, recognize key time savers that promote consistency and apply principles to better organize and deliver care.

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The New Feeding Assistant

Product code: LTC001        

Overview:

This course contains the information needed to begin working as a feeding assistant in long term care. The material is organized around the following categories:
  • The Healthcare Team
  • Good Nutrition
  • Special Diets
  • Helping feed a person who does not need special help
  • Helping feed a person who does need special help
  • Helping feed a person with dementia or Alzheimer's
  • Making sure they have enough water and other liquids
  • Communicating in a clear way, so they can understand
  • Safety and emergency procedure
  • Infection control and hand hygiene
  • Understanding resident rights
  • Watching for changes in resident behavior and reporting them.

Objectives:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Identify the members of the healthcare team.
  • Describe good nutrition and what nutrients are in foods.
  • Describe the main special diets used in long-term care.
  • Describe how to help feed a person who does not need special help.
  • Describe how to help feed a person who does need special help.
  • Describe how to help feed a person with dementia or Alzheimer's.
  • Describe how to help make sure a resident has enough water and other liquids.
  • Describe how to communicate in a clear way, so residents can understand.
  • Describe safety and emergency procedures to follow in long-term care.
  • Describe infection control and hand hygiene.
  • List and describe resident rights.
  • Describe how to watch for changes in resident behavior and reporting them.

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When Someone You Love Cant Live at Home

Product code: M285    Copyright © 2016
    

OVERVIEW:
The experience of finding the right long term care setting can be emotional, overwhelming, and full of questions: There are so many options, which is right? How will this be paid for? How can I tell they’re getting good care when they’re not getting any better? Am I doing the right thing?

When Someone You Love Can’t Live At Home gives viewers a start to finding the right long term care solution for their loved ones. It describes what needs to be done, what considerations to look at, how to find the best fit for each situation.

OBJECTIVES:
When Someone You Love Can’t Live At Home describes:

•    Finding the right care option
•    What to look for at a facility
•    Costs and legal considerations
•    Resident rights
•    The natural process of aging

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