Wisconsin Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) in Long-Term Care Coalition Events

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The Wisconsin Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) in Long-Term Care Coalition is a collaborative effort to reduce and eliminate HAIs among long-term care residents. Below is information from infection prevention and control educational events presented or sponsored by the Wisconsin HAIs in Long-Term Care Coalition.

  • Surveillance Workshops held at multiple locations during May - October 2014
  • Two-day Conference held in September 2013

Surveillance Workshops

Based on the results of the evaluations of the Wisconsin HAIs in Long-Term Care Coalition’s two-day infection prevention and control conference held in September 2013, conference participants indicated they needed additional training regarding how to conduct surveillance based on current standards of practice.  Based on this feedback, the Wisconsin HAIs in Long-Term Care Coalition, along with the WI Regional Director of Nursing Groups and the WI Director of Nursing (DON) Council, hosted nine Surveillance Workshops around the State.

Workshop attendees learned how to:

  1. Conduct systematic surveillance for targeted HAIs using standardized LTC case definitions.
  2. Use surveillance data to track HAI rates and monitor progress toward reduction of HAI incidence.

Registration was limited to 50 attendees per workshop, and there was no registration fee to attend. Each nursing home was limited to one or two staff attending using the following criteria:

  • One person from each nursing home if he/she was the Director of Nursing who ALSO oversees infection prevention and surveillance.
  • Two persons from each nursing home if there was an Infection Preventionist responsible for surveillance, then this person and the Director of Nursing attended together with separate registrations.


Nine Surveillance workshops were held between May and October 2014 in the following locations:

  • Eau Claire
  • Green Bay     
  • La Crosse     
  • Madison        
  • Milwaukee
  • Wausau –        

Three hundred sixteen individuals attended the four hour workshops.


Two-day Conference

On September 19-20, 2013, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) in Long-Term Care (LTC) Coalition held a two-day educational conference for Infection Preventionists working in Wisconsin Nursing Homes. Based on the results of the Long-Term Care Baseline Prevention Practices Assessment Online Survey, the conference addressed the three most common areas of need for training to include: surveillance, antibiotic stewardship and outbreak identification and management.

Listed below are the presentations/sessions that were provided during the WI HAI in LTC Coalition Infection Prevention and Control Conference. The table identifies session titles and speaker handouts. Select a session title to access the associated webcast.

Time Title Handouts
September 19, 2013 Presentations & Handouts
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Welcome  
8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Overview of CMS F441 Infection Control Surveillance Requirements (no webcast available) Speaker Slides (PDF, 311 KB)
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Surveillance for Healthcare-Associated Infections Among Long-Term Care Facilities: The Basics Speaker Slides (PDF, 249 KB)
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Developing a Surveillance Plan Speaker Slides (PDF, 249 KB)
Infection Risk Mitigation Plan (PDF, 78 KB)
Hazard & Vulnerability Assessment Tool (PDF, 75 KB)
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Overview of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Speaker Slides (PDF, 239 KB)
NHSN Enrollment and Set-up Checklist for LTC Facilities (PDF, 112 KB)
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. NHSN: Urinary Tract Infection Event Reporting Speaker Slides (PDF, 1.6 MB)
UTI worksheets (PDF, 80 KB)
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. UTI Case Studies for LTC Facilities Speaker Slides (PDF, 42 KB)
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. NHSN: Lab ID Event MDRO and C-diff Speaker Slides (PDF, 1.7 MB)
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. MDRO/CDI Case Studies for LTC Facilities Speaker Slides (PDF, 87 KB)
Lab Event ID C. difficile & MDRO Worksheet (PDF, 177 KB)
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wrap-Up  
Time Title Handouts
September 20, 2013 Presentations & Handouts
8:10 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. The Case for Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes Speaker Slides (PDF, 1.2 MB)
8:30 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Setting Up an Antibiotic Stewardship Program in a Nursing Home Speaker Slides (PDF, 855 KB)
9:10 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Group Activity - Facility Antibiotic Stewardship Needs Assessment NH Antibiotic Stewardship Worksheet (PDF, 163 KB)
9:55 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. Your Institution's Antibiogram - More Than Just a Table Speaker Slides (PDF, 1.1 MB)
10:25 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Group Activity - How to Create and Interpret an Antibiogram How to Create & Interpret an Antibiogram (PDF, 150 KB)
10:55 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. Tracking & Using Antibiotic Utilization Data in NHs Speaker Slides (PDF, 714 KB)
12:45 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. Management & Prevention of Outbreaks in Nursing Homes Speaker Slides (PDF, 2.5 MB)
1:05 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Inside an Outbreak: ARI & GI Exercises & Case Studies

Speaker Slides (PDF, 263 KB)
ILI After Hours Outbreak Toolkit (PDF, 645 KB)
Case Study ARI (PDF, 128 KB)
Speaker Slides (PDF, 319 KB)
GI After Hours Outbreak Toolkit (PDF, 730 KB)
Case Study GI Illness (PDF, 104 KB)

3:20 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Question & Answer Session  


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Last Revised: July 14, 2016