Module 6: Sustainability: Material Use Guide

AHRQ Safety Program for Long-Term Care: HAIs/CAUTI

Learning Objectives:

  • Define sustainability and recognize the importance of maintaining positive change.
  • Understand the link between sustainability and spread.
  • Learn how to create and implement a plan for sustainability.
  • Discuss the steps needed to sustain efforts.
  • Learn from successful examples of success across multiple settings.
Module Overview
Defining Sustainability

  • Slide 3
Importance of Sustainability in Your Facility

  • Slides 4–6
Planning for Sustainability

  • Slides 7–11
Steps for Achieving
Sustainable Change

Challenges and Solutions

  • Slides 21-24
Sustainability Examples

  • Slides 25-26
Key Concepts Review

  • Slide 27
References

  • Slides 28-29

*Video included in this section

Topic: Defining Sustainability
Method: In a meeting, ask staff how they define sustainability. Compare the feedback to the definitions on slide 3.
Materials: Slide 3
Audience: All staff, including administrators and frontline staff; residents and families

Topic: Importance of Sustainability in Your Facility
Method: During a meeting, present slides 4-6 using the facilitator notes. On slide 6, ask the staff to break into small groups and discuss one of the questions. Ask one member of the small group to present a brief summary of responses to the question to the larger group.
Materials: Slides 4-6
Audience: All staff, including administrators and frontline staff; residents and families

Topic: Planning for Sustainability
Method: During a meeting, ask the group to think about a resident safety project they were involved in. Ask the participants to write down the steps taken to plan for sustainability of that project. Present slides 7–11 using the facilitator notes. Using their notes, ask the staff to discuss how planning for sustainability could be improved at your facility.
Materials: Slides 7–11
Audience: All staff, including administrators and frontline staff; residents and families

Topic: Steps for Achieving Sustainable Change
Method: During a meeting, present slides 12-20 and use u the facilitator notes and video. Of the seven steps for achieving sustainable change, ask the staff to identify one step the facility does well and one step that is an opportunity for improvement.
Materials: Slides 12-20, A Collaborative Effort video
Audience: All staff, including administrators and frontline staff

Topic: Challenges and Solutions
Method: In small groups, ask the staff to identify challenges for achieving sustainability in the facility. Compare the challenges identified by staff with those on slide 21. As a group, brainstorm potential solutions to all the identified challenges. Compare the team's solutions with the ideas presented on slides 21-24.
Materials: Slides 21-24
Audience: All staff, including administrators and frontline staff; residents and families

Topic: Sustainability Examples
Method: Present the examples of sustainability given on slides 25-26 during a meeting. Ask the staff to identify examples to achieve success in sustainability from their own work. Facilitate a discussion around common elements from each of these examples.
Materials: Slides 25-26
Audience: All staff, including administrators and frontline staff

Page last reviewed March 2017
Page originally created March 2017
Internet Citation: Module 6: Sustainability: Material Use Guide. Content last reviewed March 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/tools/cauti-ltc/modules/implementation/long-term-modules/module6/guide.html