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New Mexico Infection Prevention Collaborative

Comagine Health, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health, Healthcare Acquired Infections Program, seeks to advance infection prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. COVID-19 highlighted the need for strong infection prevention practices in all health care settings. Our timely education and flexible consultation with local and regional experts will help your organization build a solid and sustainable infection prevention program.


Education

What participants said:

  • “Great information given so we can take care of our participants and keep everyone safe.”
  • “Thank you for your help and support. These sessions are refreshing and positive.”
  • “We always learn something new in every session.”

Cycle 1 of the collaborative addressed fundamental infection prevention practices to address COVID-19: personal protective equipment, quarantine, vaccinations, mitigation strategies, controlling respiratory outbreaks, staff and client well-being and more. Each session focused on a specific aspect of COVID-19 management to support your implementation of a successful infection prevention and control program in your setting. The majority (95%) of participants were satisfied with the trainings.

Cycle 1 information is available here.

Cycle 2: You’ve learned the fundamentals – now what? Our second cycle will help new and returning participants apply key practices, quality improvement principles and implement practical solutions.

Our virtual, interactive educational sessions run until Nov. 4, 2021, with group consultations in the alternating weeks. These 45-minute sessions will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Choose the days that work best with your schedule.

Direct care staff, designated infection prevention staff, administrators and owners working in assisted living homes, intermediate care facilities, residential care, personal home care, and home health and hospice settings in New Mexico are encouraged to attend and/or view the recorded sessions.

Access Cycle 2 here.

  • Cycle 2 Topics include:
    • July 13 and 15: Kickoff and Overview of Series Supports
    • July 27 and 29: Building Your Infection Control Program and Integrating Recent OSHA Requirements
    • Aug. 10 and 12: Preparedness for Survey
    • Aug. 24 and 26: Beyond COVID: Common Infections in Congregate Care and Home-Bound Populations
    • Sept. 7 and 9: Protective Practices: Teaching, Monitoring and Providing Feedback
    • Sept. 21 and 23: Preparing for an Uncertain Flu Season and Other Respiratory Infections
    • Oct. 5 and 7: Mitigation Strategies (Including Isolation and Quarantining)
    • Oct. 19 and 21: Infection Control is for Everyone: How Do You Involve Other Departments, Vendors, Visitors?
    • Nov. 2 and 4: Emergency Preparedness and Sustainability in the Post-COVID Era


Have an Infection Prevention Question? Ask Our Experts!

Comagine Health’s team of infection prevention advisors are available to answer questions during the “Ask Our Experts” sessions, which occur on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays from the education sessions. If you register for an education session, you will automatically be invited to the group consultations. Our experts can also provide individual consultation. Contact us at infectionpreventionadvisor@comagine.org.


Infection Prevention (IP) Learning Center

Did you miss a session in our current series or the first cycle? Access past recordings, presentations and tools in our IP learning center.

Keep track of the sessions you and your team have attended with our infection prevention collaborative education competency checklists for Cycle 1 and Cycle 2. 

 

Project Firstline

Project Firstline is the CDC’s national training collaborative for infection control designed specifically with the frontline worker in mind, with accessible, concise and interactive educational modules. Sign up to receive alerts, access to videos and infection prevention tidbits.

 

This Infection Prevention and Control Collaborative for Assisted Living Homes, Intermediate Care Facilities, Residential Care Facilities, and Home Health and Hospice settings is funded by a grant through the New Mexico Department of Health, Healthcare Acquired Infections program.