Moving Nursing Homes Forward: The Future is Now

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

I encourage you to read and share Dr. Michael Wasserman’s October 26, 2020 Guest Column  in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.  It is well worth the read!

Dr. Wasserman ends his column with this:

Nursing homes desperately need strong medical leadership in an engaged and competent medical director, actively involved director of nursing, 24/7 RN coverage and a full-time infection preventionist. If we are to effectively battle the scourge that is COVID-19, we can’t put this off any longer; the future is now. And surely our nursing home residents and staff are worth the efforts”. 

Between the title and this statement (the entire column is a must-read), he provides valuable information and experience on these 3 key takeaways:

  • Give IPs more time
  • Engage the medical director
  • Embrace quality improvement

“We are delivering medical care to a very complex and frail population. Many of today’s nursing home residents would have been in a hospital 15 years ago. That level of complexity requires attention to detail and a focus on delivering that care.”  The future is indeed now.