Infection control

Top 10 patient safety concerns for 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. Read More »

Vaccines, vigilance making for a moderate flu season

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

Respiratory virus test gets FDA clearance for point of care

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. Read More »

New C. diff treatment reduces recurrent infections by 40%

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

A co-managed approach to hip fractures

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

Fighting superbugs with genetic warfare

As antibiotic resistance grows, scientists are learning how to attack killer bacteria at the genetic level. Read More »

Delirium causes confusion for patients, caregivers

Delirium in long-term care settings is subtle, deadly and more prevalent than caregivers think, according to new findings.  Read More »

Bacteria identified in deadly Calif. holiday meal

the CDC has pinpointed the pathogen responsible for sickening 21 people at a community meal—including three assisted living residents who died. Read More »

Medications and the CMS Mega Rule

The new CMS rule for long-term care facilities includes plenty of medication-related changes, including antibiotic stewardship and new documentation requirements for medication reviews. Read More »

CDC kicks off seasonal flu campaign

Seniors are in the spotlight this week as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launches its 2016-2017 National Influenza Vaccination Week. Read More »

10 ways to reduce UTIs

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the leading infection in long-term care and can manifest as serious symptoms. Learn how to reduce prevalence and bolster preventive programs.  Read More »

Reducing HAIs and improving LTC resident health

Long-term care facilities and hospitals are becoming more aware of the need for diligent infection control in resident populations--including better training. Read More »

Will the next superbug be a fungus?

The CDC has issued warnings to hospitals and laboratories to be on the lookout for an emerging threat: a fungal infection called Candida auris. Read More »

Clorox’s newest bleach stronger, safer for LTC

Clorox Healthcare’s Fuzion Cleaner Disinfectant kills C. difficile and 35 other pathogens in under two minutes and is safe to use every day on most surfaces.  Read More »

Advancing wound care technology

Wounds that measure themselves? New technology makes it almost that simple. Check out the hot wound care advancements from this year’s American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living conference. Read More »

Taking antibiotics can raise C. diff infection risk for residents nearby

Can taking antibiotics affect a roommate's risk for C. diff? A new JAMA study says yes. Read More »

Nurse Assist issues I.V. flush syringe recall

The company is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of I.V. flush syringes because of a potential link to B. cepacia bloodstream infections.  Read More »

More LTC workers but fewer seniors getting their flu shot

A record number of physicians and healthcare workers, including nonmedical staff, were vaccinated against the flu. That’s good news for seniors, who are especially vulnerable, but who also saw the biggest age bracket decline in vaccination. Read More »

CDC encourages early intervention, preventive measures for sepsis

A recent Vital Signs report on sepsis and found that for nearly 80 percent of patients, the infection begins outside of the hospital, leading the government agency to ramp up preventive efforts and increase sepsis awareness. Read More »

FDA nixes 19 antibacterial handwash ingredients

The final rule issued today forces companies to remove 19 different ingredients from over-the-counter products because they haven’t proven to be effective in preventing the spread of illness and could do more harm than good. Read More »

What senior communities need to know about Zika

The Zika virus is not expected to spread rampantly throughout the United States, but senior living communities in southern states or high-risk areas like Miami can take proactive precautions to reduce risk to residents, staff and visiting families. Read More »

Flu season: An opportunity for training

Despite sunshine and warm temperatures, influenza season is right around the corner. Are your staffers trained in the policies and protocols concerning vaccinations? Read More »

Study: Inconsistent policies thwart UTI prevention efforts

More standardization and consistency in protocols would help nursing homes reduce urinary tract infections, notes a new study cross-examining policies and infection data at nearly 1,000 SNFs. Read More »

FDA questions safety, effectiveness of hand sanitizers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating manufacturer claims and three active ingredients to make sure hand sanitizers reduces bacteria on hands without any unwanted residue—or consequences.  Read More »

Get the flu shot, CDC advisory committee recommends

The idea of a live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) administered by nasal spray may be appealing, but it’s not effective and shouldn’t be used next flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Read More »

Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at 3 LTC sites

Cases of Legionnaire’s disease have been reported at three long-term care facilities since May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the number reported cases has quadrupled since 2000.  Read More »

An antibiotic that’s easier on the gut microbiome

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists are working to develop a pathogen-specific antibiotic to be less disruptive to the gut microbiome than broad-spectrum antibiotics.   Read More »

NADONA/LTC launches new infection control certification

Experts from the CDC helped to create the new program, which covers everything from hand hygiene to clinical microbiology. Read More »