In celebration of Nurses Week 2021, the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) Leading In Care Blog will recognize an AAPACN 2021 Award winner each week in May. Winners were honored at the AAPACN 2021 Conference held virtually in April.
The Innovation Award honors a member demonstrating best practices and innovative solutions in his or her actions and behaviors. The AAPACN 2021 Innovation Award winner is Mohamed Jalloh! Mohamed is the assistant director of nursing for Erickson Living Greenspring in Springfield, Virginia. Additionally, he serves as his facilities infection control preventionist.
In late March of 2020 with the majority of residents presenting with severe respiratory symptoms and the majority of staff out due to tracing or having symptoms, Mohamed worked in collaboration with cooperate partners to help control the spread of infection by establishing one entry point and two exit points and by cohorting all residents with symptoms in a dedicated unit with dedicated staff. Using information from the CDC, Mohamed put together teaching material to educate the staff on proper donning and doffing of PPE, which increased staff competency. He then established a system of auditing staff compliance, which was reported in the QAPI process.
These actions were instrumental in significantly decreasing the infection rate resulting in no COVID residents for several months. Mohamed believes in working cooperatively and collaboratively with other disciplines to positively impact resident care.