Real-Life Examples Presented During Project Firstline Office Hours

Jess Danko going through a website with students

A picture is worth a thousand words. When it comes to infection prevention and control seeing the practices and resulting issues first-hand adds impact and encourages change. Recognizing the value of real-life examples for improving education, the South Dakota Project Firstline (PFL) Office Hours updated the session format to include discussion on photos from infection control risks identified in healthcare locations across South Dakota.

Project Firstline Office Hours
Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at 11:00 AM CST

Office hours was established to provide attendees an opportunity to engage in infection control education and recognize infection control risks present in their facility. The new format will provide participants with specific examples and insights on risk areas to be aware and potential solution to address the risk before it becomes an infection control problem.     

Jess Danko, MHSA, RRT, LTC-CIP, program manager for the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) says, “The education that we are providing to facilities provides insight into common risks that they can mitigate at their location which provides protection to the healthcare workers and patients such as myself that utilize their services.”    

Jess Danko

Healthcare acquired infections are very expensive and can be prevented if the proper infection control practices and policies are in place in healthcare settings.  Information and education on how to recognize infection control risks helps to offset healthcare acquired infections and protects everyone that enters the healthcare setting. 

“By identifying infection control risks in healthcare settings, we have seen new practices and policies put into place that work to reduce or eliminate infection control areas of concern,” emphasizes Danko.   

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