Infections

Grief could weaken seniors'  immune systems, study finds

Grief could weaken seniors' immune systems, study finds

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The elderly are more likely than younger people to have compromised immunity and experience infections while grieving, according to a British study.

New tracking tools, guidance help nursing homes treat and prevent facility-acquired infections

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Government health officials have released a tracking tool that can help nursing homes monitor healthcare-acquired infections.

State initiative cuts nursing home infection rates: report

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Infection rates have improved in Pennsylvania nursing homes, the result of a program targeted at healthcare-acquired infections, a new report reveals.

Long-term care stakeholders submit quality measures performance report to HHS

Long-term care stakeholders submit quality measures performance report to HHS

As required by the Affordable Care Act, the National Quality Forum convened the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) to develop a coordinated performance measurement approach across PAC and LTC settings.

Adverse events in older adults are underreported in hospitals, report says

Adverse events for Medicare beneficiaries are underreported in hospitals, where incident reporting systems only capture about 14% of errors, according to a government report released Friday.

Nursing homes better for handling dementia patients, study suggests

Nursing homes better for handling dementia patients, study suggests

Nursing homes and hospices are better alternatives than hospitals for elderly dementia patients, experts said this week. Investigators estimate that between three and seven million dementia patients will be hospitalized each year by 2050.

15% of nursing homes receive infection deficiencies every year, study shows

As many as 15% of U.S. nursing homes are issued citations for deficient infection control practices per year, a new study asserts.