Good news: More skilled nursing facility staff are getting their annual influenza vaccine than ever before. Last season, nearly 70% were vaccinated, up from 64% a year earlier. Bad news: SNF staff still have the lowest influenza vaccination coverage rates of healthcare professionals by work location.
Today's growing concerns surrounding infectious risks such as Ebola, EVD-68, and flu are excellent examples of why proactive horizontal approaches to infection prevention and implementing proven prevention practices on a daily basis are so important, because the reality is that long-term care facilities and the populations they serve are at inherently increased risk of infection.
People who are vaccinated against the flu are 24% less likely to suffer a stroke during that flu season, say British researchers who analyzed records of nearly 50,000 patients.
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.
T-System Inc. renewed its "winter gift" of T Sheets® flu documentation templates free of charge to all hospitals and healthcare providers. Providers can download the free documentation tool on T-System's website.
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