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CDC issues new guidelines on pneumococcal vaccine, says LTC flu vaccination rates remain low

CDC issues new guidelines on pneumococcal vaccine, says LTC flu vaccination rates remain low

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Long-term care workers continued to have low rates of flu vaccination last season, despite there being 92% vaccination coverage overall among physicians and nurses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The agency also said seniors should receive two doses of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.

The call for action to prevent norovirus

The call for action to prevent norovirus

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It all started with a gathering. My family had lost a loved one. Some of us flew, others drove but whatever it took, we came together to celebrate the life of our loved one. Within 48 hours after the service, the texts started flying. Seven of us were ill, feeling like we were going to die. Two of us ended up at the hospital. The two who were seen at the hospital were positive for norovirus. The rest of us knew that we were right there with the others. Norovirus had claimed victory over our bodies.

'Breakthrough' index should inform antibiotic prescribing in nursing homes, other healthcare facilities

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A new index that will help track and control antibiotic resistance in healthcare facilities will be released in July, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

75% of nursing home residents are incontinent, care costs reach $5 billion annually, government report shows

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High incontinence rates among nursing home residents create emotional and financial burdens, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Wednesday.

Tai chi: a trend worth pursuing?

Tai chi: a trend worth pursuing?

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I was recently watching one of the news channels and they talked about a study that was conducted that showed that men who performed tai chi exercises lived longer. While I'm not a male, sign me up!

Nursing homes the No. 1 setting for norovirus outbreaks

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Long-term care facilities are by far the most common settings for norovirus outbreaks, dwarfing the number of outbreaks in hospitals, according to government data released Tuesday.

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CDC outlines 2014 global health threats

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Antibiotic resistance and prescription drug abuse are among the top global threats expected in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC unveils new website to boost long-term care infection control efforts

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Long-term care providers can refer to a newly launched website to access information and resources to prevent infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

Clorox Healthcare creates Influenza & Norovirus Prevention Tool Kit

Clorox Healthcare creates Influenza & Norovirus Prevention Tool Kit

Clorox Healthcare has released a flu prevention toolkit. It includes prevention tips, information on the cost of outbreaks and key findings from infection control experts.

Top 5 news stories reveal varied interests among long-term care professionals

Top 5 news stories reveal varied interests among long-term care professionals

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What do neck abnormalities, dangerous bacteria, a murder-suicide, a defensive nursing home chain, and antipsychotic guidelines have in common? These five developments were voted the most popular news stories appearing on the McKnight's website during 2013.

First-ever CDC report: Nursing homes provide most long-term care nationwide, alternative settings gain ground in the West

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Nursing homes still account for the vast majority of long-term care services available in the United States despite policies meant to encourage home- and community-based care, according to a new government report. The first-ever "National Study of Long-Term Care Providers" includes data on the capacity and operational characteristics of providers, and information about the people cared for in these settings.

LTC stats book nirvana for nerds, merely required reading for the rest of us

LTC stats book nirvana for nerds, merely required reading for the rest of us

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It has been said the rear view mirror offers little help when trying to navigate the road ahead. But it's tough to know where to go if you don't know where you've been — or even where you are.

Drug treatment eliminates 'nightmare bacteria' colonies in people, researchers find

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Particular kinds of antibiotics are effective in eliminating colonies of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in asymptomatic carriers of the deadly bacteria, according to newly published research.

CDC breaks down beliefs, attitudes related to flu vaccination among LTC workers

CDC breaks down beliefs, attitudes related to flu vaccination among LTC workers

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Long-term care workers are more likely to be vaccinated for the flu if they believe it protects the health of people around them, according to survey data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Internet Panel Surveys for the 2011-2012 flu season questioned long-term care workers about their knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding vaccination.

Flu vaccines approved to ship

GlaxoSmithKline said it has received Food and Drug Administration approval to start shipping the 2013-2014 influenza virus vaccine to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distribution centers and healthcare providers.

Chew on this: Obesity rates a challenge

Chew on this: Obesity rates a challenge

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For any way you slice it, too many of us are lugging around excessive weight. And the problem is only getting worse. In 1962, the nation's obesity rate was 13%. It now stands at 35.7%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As growth industries go, this one needs to be downsized.

CDC: Low flu, pneumonia vaccination rates blemish a good picture of seniors' health

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Seniors in the United States are meeting most health targets, but many are still not being vaccinated for the potentially fatal conditions of influenza and pneumonia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Residents suffer and die as interventions go unused

Residents suffer and die as interventions go unused

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When providers consider the challenges residents face, it's usually within the context of activity of daily living limits. Things like trouble with walking, dressing, bathing and eating tend to be top of mind. With mental conditions, Alzheimer's considerations dominate. But a phenomenon that fuels both physical and mental decline often flies under the radar.

Making employees receive flu shots doesn't lead them to leave, report finds

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Requiring employees to receive flu shots is not a primary source of them quitting their job, a four-year analysis finds.

Occupancy held steady while Medicare gained importance for nursing homes: CDC report

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The occupancy rate for nursing homes was steady at 82% between 2000 and 2011, according to the most recent national health report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of Medicare-certified SNFs increased between 2000 and 2010.

Valley fever 'epidemic': advice for providers

Valley fever 'epidemic': advice for providers

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The senior citizen population is on the rise in the Southwest. Unfortunately, so is a frightening illness: valley fever.

Of Purell and payment reform

Of Purell and payment reform

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I was sympathetic when the Partnership for Sustainable Health Care called for a speedier shift away from fee-for-service last week — and I also thought about Purell. Yes, that Purell.

Preview of next flu vaccines on tap for stakeholders

Caregivers involved in the annual battle against influenza outbreaks will get an advance peek in a webinar Tuesday at what vaccine options for the 2013-14 flu season will be. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases will preview the possibilities. The webcast will begin at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. The presentation will include a review of vaccine effectiveness for the 2012-13 campaign.

White women still constitute majority of oldest LTC residents, CDC finds

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Elderly white women still make up the majority of the oldest nursing home residents, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although other researchers have found the number of white residents is on the decline.

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.

Lethal bacteria affecting long-term care facilities could spell 'end of antibiotics,' CDC says

Lethal bacteria affecting long-term care facilities could spell 'end of antibiotics,' CDC says

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A lethal type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is on the rise in acute and long-term care facilities, and providers must act to prevent the spread of these germs that kill about half of all people who become infected, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention announced Tuesday.

More evidence that long-term care operators are not simply heartless bottom feeders

More evidence that long-term care operators are not simply heartless bottom feeders

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What matters most to long-term care operators? Certainly, remaining in business is a top priority. But providers are not just fixated on the bottom line. Here are some telltale signs.

CDC: Flu hitting elderly especially hard, but only half of nursing home workers vaccinated

CDC: Flu hitting elderly especially hard, but only half of nursing home workers vaccinated

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The 2012-13 flu season has been especially bad for the elderly, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in a call with reporters. Despite this, CDC figures show about half of nursing home workers have not been vaccinated.

Let's hope this flu remedy goes viral

Let's hope this flu remedy goes viral

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Some people might dream of owning a professional football or baseball team. Right now, I'm wishing I owned a nursing home. Then I could immediately fire all the people who deserved it.

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