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Infection Control & Prevention: How to Implement & Integrate a Comprehensive Surveillance Program Kathy Ahearn, Ahearn Advisement
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
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Infection Control & Prevention:

How to Implement & Integrate a
Comprehensive Surveillance Program

(90-minute webinar – recording also available)


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

9:00 AM Hawaiian        11:00 AM Alaskan

12:00 PM Pacific          1:00 PM Mountain

2:00 PM Central          3:00 PM Eastern



Due to the COVID-19 crisis, regulations now require a pandemic risk assessment. Has your agency set up a comprehensive surveillance infection control and prevention program?



  • Describe the benefits of a comprehensive surveillance program
  • Outline how to establish and implement a comprehensive surveillance program
  • Define higher-risk areas to incorporate into your surveillance plan
  • Distinguish which assessment tools could be beneficial to your program
  • Integrate and report infection control surveillance data into your QAPI report



This webinar will explain the necessary components of an infection control and prevention surveillance program during a pandemic, with a focus on the novel COVID-19 virus. It will cover current infection control and prevention regulations and the three pandemic surveillance components: what data to collect, what trends to watch, and what actions to take for both patients and staff. You will also learn how to integrate data and findings into your agency’s QAPI report for more effective patient management during a pandemic.



  • Hospice
  • Home Health
  • Home Care
  • Palliative Care



This informative session is directed to agency clinical leadership and management. It will also benefit quality assurance staff, educators, medical directors, administrators, DONs, IT, clinical liaisons who serve the community, and other staff who work within skilled-nursing facilities and support the infection prevention staff.



  • Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Tool for Outpatient Settings
  • Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Tool for Long-term Care Facilities
  • Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Tool for Nursing Homes Preparing for COVID-19
  • WHO Guidance for Surveillance During an Influenza (novel) Pandemic
  • Standard Precautions: Observation of Hand Hygiene
  • Urinary Catheter: Observation
  • Infection Control – COVID 19 Tool and Checklist for the COVID-19 Survey
  • Revised COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey Tool for Acute and Continuing Care
  • Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC, Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
  • Valuable weblinks on infection control
  • PDF of slides and speaker’s contact info for follow-up questions



Kathy Ahearn, RN, BSN, PHN, Ahearn Advisement Partners

Kathy Ahearn has a Bachelor’s in both Nursing and Social Work, and owns Ahearn Advisement Partners.  With over 30 years working and serving the healthcare community the combination of nursing and social work has served her well.  She has worked in a variety of post-acute care settings with an emphasis on home health and hospice, home infusion, homecare, and skilled nursing as a PICC and compliance expert.  Kathy has a unique ability to identify agency challenges and opportunities, quickly providing education, support, and mentoring to organizations, guiding them to a new level of operation. 


Kathy helped develop pain scales to standardize assessment with the American Pain Society and the Joint Commission, which lead to identifying pain as the 5th vital sign.  She was a trailblazer in the retail pharmacy world introducing the Joint Commission to the retail setting for disease state accreditation and reimbursement.  In addition to developing manuals and policies, Kathy expanded into medical device as a Managed Care Director developing one of the first real-time cloud-based disease specific software programs to assist patients, clinicians, and managed care organizations improve outcomes and collect data. 


Kathy began healthcare work due to a disabled parent and later a child living with chronic disease state.  She has experienced healthcare professionally and personally, dedicating her life to it and to working as a change agent for the betterment of all served.



1. Live Webinar Includes

  • Unlimited connections to the Live Webinar for your agency
  • Handout and take-away toolkit
  • Available on desktop, mobile & tablet
  • Presenter's contact info for follow-up


2. Recorded Webinar Includes

  • Recording of the Live Webinar
  • Can be viewed anytime 24/7, beginning 2 business days after the Live Webinar
  • Handout and take-away toolkit
  • Available on desktop, mobile & tablet
  • Free Digital Download, yours to keep
  • Share link with anyone at your agency
  • Presenter's contact info for follow-up


3. Purchase the BOTH Option to receive all the benefits listed above! Full registration descriptions can be found here.


If you need help with anything, please drop us an email at [email protected] or call 406.442.2585.

Contact: Sidnie Kane - [email protected] - 4064422585