Infection control

7 Tips for Infection Prevention in Diabetes Care

Regular finger sticks and insulin injections offer a small but real chance of infection, but common sense protocols can reduce that risk.   Read More »

Editors’ pick: Top 10 infection control stories for 2017

This year's mandates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on recurring infection rates, new definitions for urinary tract infections in the 2017 RAI User’s Manual and the latest surveillance data on multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) made infection control one of 2017's biggest topics. Read More »

Flu activity could be earlier, worse than last year: CDC

The 2017-2018 flu season is just beginning, but experts hint that it could ramp up earlier and be more severe than usual. Read More »

Championing infection control

As the CMS regulations for infection control programs kick in, providers are finding that leadership matters as much as training. Read More »

NADONA and Ocean Spray partner to target antibiotic stewardship

The long-term care nursing organization and the juice company are teaming up on educational efforts to combat antibiotic resistance. Read More »

To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate

The decision of whether to get the influenza vaccine has added considerations and consequences for those who work and live in long-term care facilities.  Read More »

CDC: FluMist not recommended as vaccine again this year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising that older adults stick to the injection versions of the flu vaccine for the 2017-18 influenza season. Read More »

New antibiotic for UTI hits market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antibacterial drug to treat complicated urinary tract infections.  Read More »

Germ-killing paint

Infection control takes on a new hue as some healthcare facilities are painting their problems away. Read More »

Slightly more people plan to get a flu shot this year

 A new survey from CVS found 61 percent of Americans plan to get the flu shot this year, a slight increase from last year.  Read More »

Combating pressure injuries with innovative technology

One facility shares how it is working to reduce pressure injuries for residents.  Read More »

Wound care treatments lack healing touch

Doctors and patients are turning to new therapies to treat stubborn chronic wounds, but research is lacking on whether they are helping.  Read More »

Purdue develops automatic UTI sensor

The product works completely without caregiver intervention and has higher accuracy rates that over-the-counter kits, researchers say.  Read More »

Retirement community tub source of Legionnaires’ disease

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

Pneumonia antibiotics often ineffective, study finds

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

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

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. Read More »

Pixie Scientific launches UTI sensor pads

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

Lending a hand to infection control

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

Nudge, nudge! Get your flu shot

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

The demand for high-value senior care

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. Read More »

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 »