How the COVID-19 Pandemic Uncovered a Nursing Home Industry in Need of Repair

On episode 387 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews Dr. Buffy Lloyd-Krejci, DrPH, MS, CIC, the author of “Broken: How the Global Pandemic Uncovered a Nursing Home Industry in Need of Repair and Heroic Staff Fighting for Change.

Dr. Buffy Lloyd-Krejci, also known as “Dr. Buffy: The Germ Slayer”, is one of the foremost authorities on infection prevention and control in nursing homes and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and other underserved and vulnerable populations. Her practice, IPCWell, is headquartered in Phoenix and is devoted to mitigating infectious diseases and inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in healthcare settings to reduce adverse events, infections, antibiotic resistance, readmissions, and death. Dr. Buffy consults with health care facilities across the United States and internationally.

Using her experience with more than 700 healthcare facilities across the United States she works tirelessly to combat the estimated 1 to 3 million infections leading to more than 380,000 deaths every year in the nursing home industry. She has worked with the CDC and other organizations on infection control studies and research such as the Arizona Emergency Preparedness Infection Control (EPIC) grant, the Institute of Health (IHI) Project ECHO, a hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing network to support NH leadership during COVID-19.

As a result of her work with more than 200 nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and over 500 prior to 2020, Dr. Lloyd-Krejci’s book describes challenges within the nursing home industry with infection prevention and control prior to the pandemic, the catastrophic consequences of COVID-19, and what actions are needed to improve the quality of care delivered to this vulnerable population now and into the future. And how to use this dark season to transform the long-term care industry into a supportive healthcare system that provides safer, more reliable care for our loved ones.

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Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, professional podcaster, published author, award-winning blogger, inspiring keynote speaker, and successful nurse entrepreneur. Connect with Nurse Keith at NurseKeith.com, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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