Critical access hospitals (CAH) are rural acute care hospitals consisting of no more than fifteen acute care beds and ten swing beds if desired. Some of these facilities also have long term care facilities associated with them. These limited service hospitals and long term care centers play a critical role in providing healthcare services in rural and frontier communities.
Resources for infection prevention and control are very limited in these settings. It is often times difficult to implement evidence-based national recommendations for prevention, control and surveillance activities due to lack of infection prevention expertise and resources. Barnard will review the obstacles faced by these facilities and present ideas for "right sizing" national recommendations for this setting.
Right Sizing HAI Prevention Measures for Critical Access Hospitals
DATE: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
TIME: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
About the Presenter: Bonnie Barnard is the Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Initiative Coordinator for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and a consultant in infection prevention and control. She has worked in this field for more than 25 years and has been certified in infection control by the Certification Board of Infection Control since 1984.
She received a BS in Health Planning and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and an MPH in Communicable Disease Control from the University of Texas School of Public Health. In addition, she has published in and served as a review for the American Journal of Infection Control. She has served on the national board and numerous committees of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology at the national and local levels. She is also a member of the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists and Montana Public Health Association.
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