Infection control

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fighting superbugs with genetic warfare

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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