Thursday, January 15, 2009
A first of its kind Long-Term Care Summit, sponsored by GOJO Industries, recently took place in Cleveland, OH. This groundbreaking event brought together leaders in the Long -Term Care Industry from around the country, including directors of nursing, infection control and long-term care risk consultants.
According to Vice President of the Board of Directors for NADONA Robin Storey, RN, BSN, FACDONA, LNHA, the meeting focused on developing a framework for elevating CDC guidelines for hand hygiene and infection control as it pertains to the Long-Term Care environment. “A series of discussions addressed differences in implementation of hand hygiene compliance as it relates to state and federal regulations, QI/QM guidelines and CDC guidelines,” she explained. “The Summit also facilitated dialogue around the current state of hand hygiene and what’s needed to bridge any existing gaps to the CDC Hand Hygiene Guidelines published in 2002. The output of this Summit will be presented at the NADONA national conference in 2009.”
Ms. Storey believes that NADONA members can be instrumental in serving as a catalyst for change. The membership’s dedication and commitment will help ensure future success.
During the meeting, the group focused on understanding distinct patterns of activity and the impact of time on staff, especially moving from a sink to resident care and back again. It also explored the differences between Acute Care and Long-Term Care and the creation of a multi year research and training agenda to provide tangible tools to long-term care stakeholders to affect any necessary changes related to hand hygiene beliefs and practices.
Storey noted that the program will ultimately provide benefits for staff, residents and their families with regard to their health and well-being.
“We were pleased to sponsor the initial meeting of the Summit and look forward to working with members of the Summit,” says Tina Magazine, long-term care marketing manager for GOJO, inventors of PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer. “The CDC estimates a third of all healthcare-associated infections can be prevented through better infection control programs. Proper hand hygiene was defined as the single most important measure.”
Other participants at the Summit included Susan Cleveland, BSN, RN, WCC, Aysha Kuhlor, RN, BA, CDONA/LTC, Barb McGrady, RN-BC, BBA, LNHA, Kim Sheppard, RN, Annette “Toni” Swick, RN, CDONA, FACDONA, Train Zabarsky, RN, MSN, CIC, and William Grenier, RN, BSN, CDONA.
GOJO Industries, inventors of PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer, distributes PURELL in away-from-home markets throughout the world. In addition, GOJO manufactures and distributes a full line of products under the GOJO® and PROVON® brand names. GOJO has a 62-year history of leadership in improving well-being through hand hygiene and healthy skin. GOJO has products and programs to kill germs on hands and solve skin care-related problems in a variety of markets, including healthcare, food processing, foodservice, manufacturing, automotive, education, government and military. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan and Brazil.
For information on GOJO hand hygiene programs for long term care facilities, visit the GOJO Long Term Care website.