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WHO addresses antimicrobial resistance

May 26, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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Delegates at the 68th World Health Assembly endorsed a global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, which they termed the most urgent drug resistance trend. The plan has five objectives.

Hurricane Sandy: A lesson in survival

May 13, 2015  |  Brenda Stratton, RN, MSN, CT-1, DMAT
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Extraordinary events call for extraordinary measures, especially in caring for special populations. Evacuation is more than simply staying “high and dry.”

5 steps to a total security solution

April 28, 2015  |  James Minninger and Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS
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A completely secure long-term care environment only can be accomplished with thoughtful planning and performance. Take five steps to keep residents, staff, visitors and property safe.

Severe storm leads to East Texas nursing home evacuation

April 10, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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An East Texas nursing home sustains damage from severe storms on Thursday. One person perishes in Illinois tornado.

Spring into safety

April 1, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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Maintenance and housekeeping staff are the first line of defense in keeping residents and staff safe, healthy and secure in a long-term care environment.

Bracing for Disaster: The Top Nutrition Considerations for Emergencies

March 3, 2015  |  Corinne Tam
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Listen in as Jo Miller, MPH, RD with Meals for All, discusses the 10 year shelf stable dietitian-created disaster nutrition solution that Meals for All offers. While most hospitals and skilled nursing facilities...

Sprinkler systems save lives

February 25, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
blog

Two recent fires—one a tragedy, one a triumph—prove the wisdom of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mandate to require sprinkler systems in skilled nursing facilities.

Residents moved from nursing home to ensure safety

January 27, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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Evacuation from a skilled nursing facility wasn’t because of a tornado, a fire or flood. Because of a concern for resident safety, a New York nursing home put its evacuation plan into action.

Electric wheelchairs: A potential safety hazard

December 29, 2014  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
news

Regular maintenance and inspection are keys to reducing potential fire hazards in long-term care facilities and for the elderly and/or those with disabilities who reside in the community.

SNF residents evacuated in Buffalo blizzard

November 21, 2014  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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Emergency planning and preparation are keys to surviving a natural disaster; the recent six- to 10-foot snowfall in upstate New York serves as a punishing reminder.

FEMA seeks recovery of monetary aid issued during Superstorm Sandy

November 10, 2014  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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Two years later, repercussions from Superstorm Sandy are still being felt by some assisted living residents in Rockaway, NY. Is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s effort to recoup undeserved funds a management error or resident fraud?

National Radon Action Week

October 23, 2014  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
news

The effects of high levels of radon gas in homes and buildings across the United States pose a serious risk of developing lung cancer. Take time to test now.

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