Managing infections during a pandemic requires that LTC facilities have strong clinical systems and resources. The systems begin with the Infection Preventionist and include understanding regulations and requirements from a variety of regulatory bodies.

This resource section provides regulations pertinent to infection control for skilled nursing facilities; an extensive section on infectious diseases; presents tools and resources for Infection Preventionists to use in their work; and clinical videos from the EPIC Video Library.

The Top Ten Tip Sheets are resource tools that facilities can use in a number of ways. These Tip Sheets reflect the top ten infection control deficiencies cited during annual and infection control focused surveys from 2018 through the summer of 2020. Each Tip Sheet includes examples of the cited deficient practice, the requirements, tips for best practices and resources for compliance. We suggest facilities evaluate their own compliance by reviewing the Tip Sheets through their quality improvement system as a resource for survey preparedness.

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