Catheters

Excessive use of catheters is harming residents: AMDA

Excessive use of catheters is harming residents: AMDA

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Urinary catheters shouldn't be used routinely to manage urinary incontinence, according to new guidelines released by The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA).

LTC docs advise against incontinence catheters

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AMDA is advising long-term caregivers against using indwelling urinary catheters to manage urinary incontinence — one of five practices or tests that lack scientific evidence to support their use in such settings, physicians say.

Using a nurse-led protocol to reduce infections

Using a nurse-led protocol to reduce infections

Urinary incontinence is a common and potentially disabling condition affecting up to 30% of those aged 65 years and older. Its prevalence in elderly nursing home patients — up to 70% are admitted with the condition and some type of accompanying skin breakdown — presents a major cause for concern in light of recent healthcare legislation and directives focusing on quality of care.

AMDA issues list of competencies for long-term care physicians

AMDA issues list of competencies for long-term care physicians

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Doctors practicing in long-term care settings should hone certain skills identified by leading stakeholders in order to produce higher quality outcomes, according to a prominent physician association. The list of competencies for physicians in post-acute and long-term care medicine was released Monday by AMDA-Dedicated to Long-Term Care (formerly the American Medical Directors Association).

Lethal bacteria hits facilities

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Providers must act to prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria killing about half of all people who become infected, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said in March.

Reimbursement penalties did not reduce hospital-acquired infection rates; harsher sanctions might be needed, Harvard researchers say

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Financial penalties did not reduce healthcare facility-acquired infections in acute-care settings, a new study finds. Researchers say harsher sanctions might help.

'Smart' catheter could cut urinary tract infections in long-term care facilities: report

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Michigan researchers are developing a "smart" catheter that releases a bacteria-killing nitric oxide substance at the start of an infection, according to a report presented at a conference Thursday.

State initiative cuts nursing home infection rates: report

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Infection rates have improved in Pennsylvania nursing homes, the result of a program targeted at healthcare-acquired infections, a new report reveals.

Incontinence product suppliers fight competitive bidding plans in Texas

Sellers of incontinence products have squared off against the Texas state comptroller's office, which wants to competitively bid underpads, catheters and other supplies for Medicaid patients in the state.