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APIC Consulting ICAR Initiative for Skilled Nursing Facilities

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Set your facility up to succeed in infection prevention in 2022! Scheduling ends on July 15, 2022.  Take advantage of this opportunity before time runs out!

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The Healthcare Associated Infections/Antimicrobial Stewardship team within the Bureau of Epidemiology has partnered with APIC Consulting Services on a statewide, non-regulatory infection prevention and COVID-19 response improvement initiative for skilled nursing facilities. Each of the state's skilled nursing facilities* are eligible for expert onsite infection prevention assessment, consultation, and training services at no cost. Project activities are designed to support participating facilities to pinpoint and improve upon key infection prevention focus areas, even during times of staff shortage and/or outbreaks.

Ready to receive free professional IPC services from a CIC-certified APIC Consultant? Get scheduled sooner by submitting the online pre-assessment form! (Please note that the online form cannot be saved and must be submitted in one sitting)

*SNFs in Philadelphia County are not eligible to participate. To learn about similar activities being offered by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, please contact              

Please review the Project Safety Statement for the APIC Consulting ICAR Initiative.

Project Testimonials

See what facilities are saying about their experience participating in the APIC Consulting ICAR Initiative!

"[Our APIC Consultant] gave us some excellent pointers…Most importantly, our residents will benefit from providing a safe environment for them to live."- Facility Associate Director

"I found the process extremely helpful and productive. The one day review provided a lot of insight and the education day was fantastic for all of the staff that were able to attend. You can get so comfortable with the DOH inspection that can be hit or miss but this was all inclusive and thorough!"- Facility Director of Nursing

"On behalf of the entire team, I want to extend my gratitude to [our APIC Consultant] for the knowledge and dedication exhibited during the two day onsite visit. I learnt a lot during the visit and I am grateful for the expertise. We will move forward with the recommendations made during the assessment and the knowledge gained. Thank you again."- Facility Infection Preventionist

"The facility-specific trainings were thorough and beneficial…you'll get questions that you might not otherwise get in a large group and that provided a great opportunity for direct feedback."- Facility Executive Director

ICAR Tools

The Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) tool was developed by the CDC to assist facilities in identifying and correcting infection prevention program gaps. This assessment is not used for licensing purposes. The ICAR used by consultants in this initiative has been enhanced to include parts of the CDC's 2016 ICAR for Long-Term Care Facilities as well as the CDC's COVID-19 specific ICAR tool. You may access these tools in the links below.

ICAR Initiative Materials


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IPC Resources for Facilities