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Kris Mastrangelo

This session will address what the COVID pandemic has taught us. It provides the knowledge to leverage best practices from those who have faced challenges. Learn practical enhancements for infection control, clinical practice, supporting staff, operational management, ethical decision making and emergency preparedness. Understand how new routines can evolve further, what protocols and systems can be established, refined, and reinforced. It will include strategies, tips, resources, and changes for conventional, contingency, and crisis care standards.

  1. Identify the eight core elements of infection control.
  2. Identify examples of effective strategies for communication, implementing successful changes to improve teamwork, quality of care, and avoid citations.
  3. Understand and articulate systems to eliminate preventable harm.
Christine Pak

The use of medication to address residents’ depression, anxiety, psychosocial distress, and insomnia can have a wide range of positive and negative pharmacological effects. Even more challenging are the increased risks and additional considerations that come into play when dementia is present. Examine various types and uses of antidepressants and ways to monitor for side effects. Explore the ins and outs of how a physician-led dose reduction plan, when appropriate, can help maintain compliance and improve resident safety.

  1. Examine the use of medication to address depression, anxiety, psychosocial distress, and insomnia.
  2. Implement strategies to monitor for side effects.
  3. Understand the benefits of an appropriate physician-led dose reduction plan