If a resident in a long-term care facility is suspected to have the flu, it's important to test, isolate and provide antiviral therapy.
Even when you do everything right, setbacks still regularly occur. One of the most prevalent and needless obstacles is failing to protect residents from healthcare-associated illnesses.
The FDA announced Wednesday that it has granted "breakthrough therapy designation" to the drug Eylea, and expanded its approved use for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema.
The rapid spread of infectious disease through human populations across a large region is not a new problem. But unfortunately, planning for or contemplating the risks associated with pandemics often becomes forgotten after each crisis.
In honor of Stephen Colbert's recently ended run on Comedy Central, I'd like to address some "truthiness" I've recently spotted, which I believe could harm long-term care residents.
Providers get enough pressure about vaccinating their employees. They don't need the hypocrisy dished out by surveyors too.
Seniors should receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended.
Long-term care operators have many good reasons to keep resident falls to an absolute minimum. Yet it's amazing how blasé we've become about the damage that falls inflict.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued more stringent guidelines for how healthcare workers should interact with Ebola patients, following an outcry from nurses and other professionals.
It's not hard to see why the Ebola outbreak has so many of us on edge. It's sort of like the proverbial monster under the bed. Except this time, the monster is no figment of our imagination. And now it appears ready to pounce on us.
The Obama administration has unveiled a national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It includes an executive order to direct the federal government to "reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and to help ensure the continued availability of effective treatments for bacterial infections."
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.
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 facilitiesJuly 07, 2014
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 showsJune 26, 2014
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.
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!
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.
CDC includes nursing home occupancy info in annual report ... People can enroll their computers in the fight against Alzheimer's ... Heart patients' socioeconomic status does not influence risk of hospital readmission
Antibiotic resistance and prescription drug abuse are among the top global threats expected in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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 has released a flu prevention toolkit. It includes prevention tips, information on the cost of outbreaks and key findings from infection control experts.
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 WestDecember 13, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.