Laundry may not be the sexiest of topics in long-term care, but it is nonetheless an important — albeit sometimes overlooked — element when it comes to design, safety, and infection control efforts.
Hospitals have made much greater strides in cutting infection rates than their peers in the long-term care space and should work more closely with the latter to share know-how and better address the issues, experts said this week.
Historic new rules of participation have brought myriad challenges for long-term care providers. Here are six key infection control-related questions we're asked pertaining to them.
As hospitals and healthcare facilities across North America observe National Infection Control Week, it's an opportune time to identify and explore modern means to improve facility-wide hygiene.
Keith St. John has become the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at PDI, supporting its infection prevention business, including PDI Healthcare and Sani Professional® divisions.
GOJO Industries has announced PROVON® Antimicrobial Foam Handwash with 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG).
University of Dayton master of physician assistant students are the first to wear Prime Medical's SAF-T™ scrubs, a line of bactericidal apparel for healthcare workers.
Imagine you are on a train and the conversation around you is about the seven deadly summer diseases. You eavesdrop because you're a bit scared you might be exposed to one of them.
For many parts of the United States, this winter has been a weird one — if you can call it a winter at all. Consider it a bonus if you're a long-term care provider.
Antimicrobial stewardship is a team effort, particularly in pediatric long-term care.
The Center for Advanced Engineering & Research in Virginia received a $2 million research and development grant, all of which will directly support NanoTouch Materials' continued development of their NanoSeptic surfaces.
Healthcare associated infections are major causes of transfers from long-term care facilities to acute care hospitals and readmission within 30 days after discharge, yet many of them are preventable.
Because they are prone to rehospitalization, typically demand intensive hands-on care and are heavy users of antibiotics, advanced dementia residents in nursing homes commonly harbor dangerous strains of drug-resistant bacteria, according to new research published this week.
There are three key reasons why administrators of long-term care facilities should consider installing carpeting in their locations. All are related to the health and safety of their staff and the people using the facility.
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.
WetKeys Washable Keyboards is launching and distributing Seal Shield's Medical-Grade Screen Protectors, which can reduce microbial growth and withstand hospital-grade disinfectants.
Briggs Healthcare is partnering with Infection Control Consulting Services, a firm that specializes in infection prevention services.
EHOB has announced a distribution agreement with TIDI Products in order to sell the TIDIShield Pillow Barrier.
Investigators have released results from the first, randomized, crossover, prospective, comparative effectiveness clinical study evaluating the benefits of a 3.15% Chlorhexidine Gluconate and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol over 70% Isopropyl Alcohol alone in disinfecting needleless connectors, PDI announced.
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.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization is common in groin and rectal areas, especially in men, new research shows.
Healthcare facilities should consider replacing antibacterial soaps containing the chemical triclosan, University of California-San Francisco researchers assert in a recent Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine article. The conclusion echoes recently updated hand hygiene guidelines.
For many years, healthcare institutions have been focused on different ways to decrease HAIs, as federal reimbursement initiatives loomed. So, what does this report card tell us? We've come a long way, baby, but there's still a ways to go.
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The readmission scores of nursing homes will be posted to the Nursing Home Compare website beginning in 2017, and the VBP program will begin Oct. 1, 2018. For the first time, facilities will not just face financial penalties, they will be incentivized to reduce readmissions
A new combined lighting and air purification system may be able to heavily reduce healthcare-acquired infections in nursing homes and hospitals.
The first of what could be numerous legal complaints against HCRManorCare has been filed in relation to a hepatitis outbreak in North Dakota last year.
Negligent care resulted in a dramatic outbreak of hepatitis C at an HCR ManorCare nursing home in North Dakota last year, residents allege in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.
News of PullClean, a custom door handle that dispenses hand sanitizer, could potentially revolutionize infection control practices, its creators say.
More than 70% of consumers said overall cleanliness was a factor when choosing a long-term care facility, and many said they equated odor to a lack of cleanliness, according to a survey from Clorox Professional Products Company.