Update on Infection Prevention 2021

11oct12:00 pm1:00 pmUpdate on Infection Prevention 2021

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This program will cover the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) infection control standards and antibiotic stewardship program.  Ms. Ruzicka will discuss common deficiencies in infection control and provide tips to ensure compliance. Attendees will learn about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) procedures for cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing reusable medical devices, CMS worksheets on infection control, and COVID-19 worksheets. Deficiencies related to infection prevention are cited in 20% of the South Dakota critical access hospitals and hospitals over the last few years.

Target Audience:

All infection control staff in both hospitals and critical access hospitals, including, but not limited to COOs, CMOs, CNOs, senior leadership, board members, physicians, nurses, quality improvement staff, risk managers, epidemiology staff, pharmacy staff, maintenance and environmental services, OR staff and patient safety and compliance staff. Others that should attend include anyone interested in, or responsible for, infection control.

  • Describe the new CMS requirements for an infection prevention and control program
  • Review the targeted COVID-19 worksheet
  • Describe and explain the infection control deficiencies most commonly cited

Nancy Ruzicka, Ruzicka Consulting

Nancy Ruzicka has experience teaching and assisting hospitals and other healthcare facilities in understanding applicable Federal and State laws, rules, regulations and interpretative guidelines. Her experience also encompasses teaching all levels of healthcare staff in understanding compliance and HIPAA requirements. Nancy has been a frequent speaker for the Iowa Hospital Association on EMTALA and Conditions of Participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals.

Nancy’s previous experiences include Director of Integrity & Compliance and Privacy Official at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines; Director of Regulatory Compliance at UnityPoint Health and over twenty years of experience with Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Nancy received her MJ in Health Law, MBA and BS in Pharmacy from Drake University, Des Moines. She is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) and maintains her Iowa pharmacy license.


Registration for this webinar is per connection needed at a facility. This allows multiple staff members to participate in the education using one connection. Prior registration is required to ensure connection information and applicable materials are distributed prior to the webinar. The registration fee for this webinar is $49 per SDAHO Member facility /$99 per non-member facility. CE: certificate of attendance


(Monday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST(GMT-05:00)