Infection control

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. 

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Combating pressure injuries with innovative technology

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

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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. 

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Purdue develops automatic UTI sensor

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

 

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Retirement community tub source of Legionnaires’ disease

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

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Pneumonia antibiotics often ineffective, study finds

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

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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.

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Pixie Scientific launches UTI sensor pads

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

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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.

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Nudge, nudge! Get your flu shot

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

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