Washington, D.C. Nursing Home Takes Control of Infection Prevention with I CAN Program

Transitions Healthcare Capitol City in Washington, D.C. has its hands full! With 360 beds, it is a larger home that specializes in transitioning residents back to their homes. With an active rehab department and many short-stay residents, keeping people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority. That’s why they adopted Infection Control Amplification in Nursing Center (I CAN). Hear how they adopted the I CAN program on an IPRO QIN-QIO hosted webinar, Oct. 26, 2021, at 3 PM EDT.

Transitions Healthcare Capitol City is in the heart of D.C., where some communities have been hesitant about vaccinations. Transitions Healthcare Capitol City, however, has worked diligently to create and engage in special programs to elevate their infection prevention program and encourage staff to get vaccinated.

Working closely with the IPRO QIN-QIO and the EPI team at the D.C. Department of Health, Capitol City is becoming an exemplar. Francis Mbakop, Infection Preventionist, along with Michael Skaist, Administrator, and Denise Benjamin, Director of Nursing, is the team leading the I CAN program.

Infection Preventionist Mbakob says that even now, in the midst of a new outbreak, they have limited the spread and are confident that the I CAN program made a difference. They are proud of the many accomplishments put in place to protect their residents throughout this challenging time.

Throughout the implementation of the I CAN program, the team identified an important factor in preventing infection from spreading: time.

“Infection control is all about time!” says Mbakob, “Communication is key and the sooner important information gets passed on to the right people, the sooner the infection can be controlled.”