Antibiotic Stewardship

Also in the news for Oct. 6, 2014 . . .

Patient outcomes are given little consideration in antibiotic stewardship efforts ... Licensed practical nurse faces felony charges for failing to report a resident fall ... AMDA joins Leadership Council on Aging Organizations

White House to providers: New antibiotic regs on the way

White House to providers: New antibiotic regs on the way

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Long-term care providers should take pride in their antipsychotic reduction efforts, and certainly should work hard to meet the new goals announced Friday. But it should not escape their notice that just a day earlier, the White House released an ambitious national plan for addressing antibiotic resistant infections. The plan suggests that a facility's antibiotic stewardship is about to join its antipsychotics rate as a defining feature of quality in the eyes of the government.

Infectious diseases specialists vital in LTC facilities

Infectious diseases specialists vital in LTC facilities

Coping with the complicated management of infectious diseases is among the many challenges facing long-term care facilities today. Residents with multiple comorbidities often are prescribed broad-spectrum antibiotics and it seems as though methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other (increasingly) drug-resistant bugs are everywhere. Outbreaks are common, ranging from norovirus and influenza to Clostridium difficile and scabies.

Also in the news for August 18, 2014 . . .

Communication tool helped improve nursing home antibiotic stewardship, government agency says ... Poor sleep quality increases suicide risk in older adults ... Wall Street Journal takes a look at how feds combat Medicare fraud

Study challenges basic assumptions about C. diff transmission

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A new study contradicts widely held assumptions about how Clostridium difficile infection occurs, which may lead long-term care providers to step up control measures.

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