Infection control

CDI infections abated by probiotics, according to studies

Probiotics may hold the key to preventing Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) in hospital settings, according to new research published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. 

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Sick staff should stay home, experts say

Flu-like symptoms typically last about two days on average, according to the CDC. The grey area is the duration when you can still spread the virus.

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Be alert for a flu-like virus

There’s another virus out there that could be adding to the seasonal misery, but it’s not being identified.

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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.

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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.

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Championing infection control

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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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