Real-Life Examples Presented During Project Firstline Office Hours

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 infectionContinue reading “Real-Life Examples Presented During Project Firstline Office Hours”

Playing it Safe with Children’s Toys  

Living room floors and backyards are strewn with toys and games throughout the summer months as kids enjoy the freedom and warm weather. Checking the safety of toys, especially in homes with children of different ages, is an important step to prevent injury. Separating toys intended for older children protects little ones from the dangersContinue reading “Playing it Safe with Children’s Toys  “

Sime Strengthens Infection Prevention Team

Building bridges, literally and figuratively, paved the way for Rebecca Sime, RN, to become the newest program manager for the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC). Her journey from civil engineering to registered nurse has given Sime a unique perspective and skill set in both project management and quality improvement.   As a member ofContinue reading “Sime Strengthens Infection Prevention Team”

SDFMC Seeking Project Communications Manager

The South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care has a mission to improve quality of life for all South Dakotans by collaborating with healthcare professionals and community partners to achieve excellence in care. By pursing the organizational values to seek excellence, develop professionals, focus on outcomes, manage with integrity, and collaborate with partners, SDFMC has expandedContinue reading “SDFMC Seeking Project Communications Manager”

Infection Lurks at Every Tooth 

Oral care goes beyond maintaining teeth.  The mouth tells a story about a person’s overall health, including revealing infection. Infection prevention and control practices in the dental setting are important for protecting those receiving and providing care. When working in the oral cavity, the body’s defense mechanisms are bypassed. Ensuring processes provide the highest levelContinue reading “Infection Lurks at Every Tooth “

Preparing Community PODS for Emergencies

Emergencies are unexpected and being prepared often saves lives. Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) provides the structure and tools to keep communities and volunteers safe in the event of a public health emergency. Point of Dispensing (POD) sites are essential for distributing medical counter measures, such as vaccines or other medications, to larger amounts of people.  Continue reading “Preparing Community PODS for Emergencies”

CDC Project Firstline Town Hall May 16

May 11, 2023, marks the expiration of the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration. As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the infection control recommendations for healthcare facilities.  To support healthcare workers to understand the updated recommendations and how they may be implemented in various facilities and settings,Continue reading “CDC Project Firstline Town Hall May 16”