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Retirement community tub source of Legionnaires’ disease

June 15, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Two residents in a Florida retirement community tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease.

Pneumonia antibiotics often ineffective, study finds

May 23, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

A new study found nearly one in four adults with pneumonia did not respond to prescribed treatment.

Drug-resistant bacteria on hand—and in the nursing home

May 9, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

A new review shows that, on average, 27 percent of nursing home residents had multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB) on them, highlighting the importance of infection prevention programs.

Pixie Scientific launches UTI sensor pads

May 9, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The infection-detecting pads monitor for urinary tract infections and send an alert to care teams.

Lending a hand to infection control

May 4, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day, a great time for a staff refresher in the importance of maintaining proper hand hygiene protocols.

Nudge, nudge! Get your flu shot

April 19, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Electronic health records can improve flu vaccination rates simply by reminding physicians and patients about them, researchers find. 

The demand for high-value senior care

April 18, 2017  |  Amy Stewart, RN, DNS-MT, RAC-MT, QCP-MT

Despite political transitions, long-term care providers will insist on high-value, cost-efficient care. Here's how your nursing staff can lead the way in care quality.

Top 10 patient safety concerns for 2017: ECRI Institute

March 16, 2017  |  ECRI Institute

Electronic Health Record information management tops the list of this year's key patient safety issues across all healthcare sectors, but assisted living and skilled nursing facilities are directly involved in three other items on the list.

Vaccines, vigilance making for a moderate flu season

March 14, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

This winter's flu season may have peaked, but it's not over yet—especially in the South, says the CDC.

Respiratory virus test gets FDA clearance for point of care

March 7, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The test can now be used at physician offices, clinics and other point-of-care settings to diagnose one of the most common causes of pneumonia and bronchiolitis.

New C. diff treatment reduces recurrent infections by 40%

February 7, 2017  |  University of Leeds newswire

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is the bane of nursing homes, since it tends to return over and over again. British reserachers have found a drug that could stop the cycle in its tracks.

A co-managed approach to hip fractures

February 1, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is pairing geriatricians and geriatrics-trained clinicians with orthopedic surgeons to improve outcomes for seniors with hip fractures.


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