Infection control

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 »