Infection Control

HCR ManorCare worker negligence led to hepatitis C outbreak, residents charge in federal lawsuit

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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.

New door handle takes tech world by storm

New door handle takes tech world by storm

News of PullClean, a custom door handle that dispenses hand sanitizer, could potentially revolutionize infection control practices, its creators say.

Overall cleanliness a top factor in choosing a long-term care facility, Clorox survey finds

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.

Guidance identifies clothing choices for infection control

Guidance identifies clothing choices for infection control

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Healthcare professionals should consider a "bare below the elbows" approach of short-sleeved tops and foregoing a wristwatch, jewelry or ties, according to guidance released in late January from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

Infection detection

Infection detection

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Prompt treatment and novel therapies hasten wound healing, but steady (even if slow) is still the overall goal when it comes to keeping wounds free from infection

Ask the nursing expert ... about infection prevention

Ask the nursing expert ... about infection prevention

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What are some of the things we can do to prevent infections?

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.

FDA proposes glucose meter guidance to improve infection control in nursing homes, hospitals

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has drafted more stringent guidelines for blood glucose monitoring test systems used in nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare settings.

Hand hygiene prior to donning gloves is unnecessary, study finds

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Performing hand hygiene prior to putting on gloves may not be a necessary practice, suggests recently published research in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Nursing assistants most vulnerable to C. diff contamination on hands, research shows

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Healthcare workers frequently have Clostridium difficile spores on their hands after providing routine care for an infected person, and nursing assistants have by far the highest incidence of contamination, according to recently published research from France.

Drugs will kill CRE colonies

Drugs will kill CRE colonies

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

New disinfectant from Clorox

New disinfectant from Clorox

Clorox recently launched the Clorox® 4 in One Disinfectant & Sanitizer, which disinfects hard surfaces, eliminates airborne and odor-causing bacteria and reduces allergens. It kills 24 key germs, including viruses that can cause cold and flu and bacteria associated with E. coli and salmonella.

PDI launches website

PDI launches website

PDI has officially launched its new website, the company announced. The new site, http://www.pdihc.com, allows users to access the full PDI healthcare website through a smartphone or tablet.

Providers can cheer widespread quality improvement, but infection control poses a challenge: AHCA report

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More long-term care facilities are earning top marks in national quality ratings, but providers may need increased focus on infection control, according to the American Health Care Association's 2013 Quality Report. Between 2011 and 2012, providers improved "in almost all the quality measures generally used," the report states.

The continuum of care: Healthcare reform's effect

The continuum of care: Healthcare reform's effect

Our healthcare system has recently seen, and will continue to see, significant changes. There are particular implications for long-term care facilities but, overall, healthcare costs are increasing, the payment model is changing and new provider structures are developing.

C. diff spotlight: Vaccine trial and caregiver checklist

C. diff spotlight: Vaccine trial and caregiver checklist

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Back in June, I declared medication to be the long-term care topic of the summer. But this week, a different topic has stolen the spotlight: Clostridium difficile.

FDA warns of germ-laden mattress covers

The Food and Drug Administration has warned nurses, infection control staff and other caregivers to examine their medical bed mattress covers. Damaged or worn covers can allow blood and body fluids to penetrate the mattress, causing an infection risk. Mattresses can be alternating pressure, non-powered flotation mattresses, or mattresses that are part of hospital beds.

Ask the care expert ... about gait belts and infection control

Ask the care expert ... about gait belts and infection control

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We use gait belts at my building. We assign a gait belt to an aide who uses them the entire shift. Do you think with all of the infection prevention techniques we should change our policy?

Efforts to combat Clostridium difficile are coming up short, survey finds

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Long-term care operators and other healthcare providers are having limited success in combating Clostridium difficile infections, despite increasing their efforts in the last three years, according to recently released survey results.

The invisible battle

The invisible battle

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Providers must keep caregiving environments impeccably clean — removing bugs and germs (both seen and unseen) and other threatening elements

Nursing home study finds high rate of community-associated MRSA

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Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (CA-MRSA) was discovered in nearly 91% of nursing homes tested in a recent study.

Providers struggling to find adequate cleaners to battle Acinetobacter baumannii bug

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A new study of provider practices found that multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii was found in hospital rooms even after they were cleaned, according to a study in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

Healthcare's dirty secret

Healthcare's dirty secret

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If there's one topic where I feel that healthcare publications tend to repeat themselves, it's around infection control.

Study reveals that ultraviolet light eliminates deadly hospital-acquired infections

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Researchers say they nearly eliminated deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria in a study encompassing 50 patient rooms at two medical facilities by using a specific spectrum of ultraviolet light.

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.

Breaches of basic infection control practices — why?

Breaches of basic infection control practices — why?

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Basic infection prevention and control isn't rocket science. It is essentially following some general guidelines. Some of them pretty simplistic. Not too hard right? You would think, but ...

Study: More transparency needed to enable nurses to disclose errors in nursing homes

Study: More transparency needed to enable nurses to disclose errors in nursing homes

Nursing homes need to improve communications processes and policies to make it easier for nurses to disclose errors, according to researchers of a unique new study. The researchers say their findings have implications for nursing policy and education, as well as resident safety.

The latest battle in germ warfare

A University of Georgia researcher has laid claim to developing an application that can make any material permanently germ-free. This breakthrough could dramatically reduce infection rates and illness rates in eldercare settings. That's because the product could be applied to products as diverse as bed linens, draperies, or anything made from metal or plastic. Jason Locklin, Ph.D., invented the treatment, which can be applied during the manufacturing process. Locklin said that his application does not wash out or require reapplications. He noted that the technology has been tested against several pathogens typically found in long-term care settings, including staph, strep, E. coli and pseudomonas.

Infection control program among seniors reduces deaths by 10%, could save 'trillions' in waste

Infection control program among seniors reduces deaths by 10%, could save 'trillions' in waste

An infection control program developed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has helped lower death rates in hospital intensive care units by 10%, experts say. A Thompson/Reuters analysis of the program, which could be adapted for other healthcare settings, asserts it could save $3.6 trillion in waste over 10 years if it becomes more widely used.

CMS publishes proposed guidance for seasonal, H1N1 flu prevention

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Tuesday issued proposed guidance that would update and replace previous inflection control guidance for the seasonal and H1N1 flu.

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