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CDC releases HAI Data: How are we doing?

CDC releases HAI Data: How are we doing?

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.

Also in the news for June 20, 2014 . . .

Senate bill for risk-adjusted hospital readmissions penalties ... New guidelines for treating MRSA skin infections ... CMS announces 5-star ratings for home health ... PERS product recall

Also in the news for May 28, 2014 . . .

MRSA drug gains approval through govt's rapid process ... Kindred blasts Gentiva over 'poison pill' ... Improved vision increases seniors' fall risk? ... Observation stays for falls increase in WA

FDA approves drug to treat MRSA skin infections

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Dalvance (dalbavancin), an antibacterial drug used to treat adults with bacterial skin and skin structure infections. Among them are infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (including methicillin-susceptible and methicillin-resistant strains) and Streptococcus pyogenes.

Invite in infectious disease docs to LTC

Invite in infectious disease docs to LTC

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If I'm predisposed to being fond of infectious disease physicians, it's because I believe they offer insight beyond that of a general practitioner. This is not to say that a long-term care facility's medical director can't handle a flu outbreak. But it is acknowledging that long-term care staff handles large caseloads with complex patients, and that more facilities should embrace partnerships with an ID physician.

Cipro and related antibiotics increase MRSA risk in long-term care facilities, study shows

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Long-term care residents on a fluoroquinolone antibiotic such as Cipro are at an increased risk for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, researchers in France have found.

Program cut MRSA by a third in VA facilities, analysis finds

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A nationwide initiative to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in veterans' nursing homes dramatically slashed the infection rate, and could provide a framework for other nursing homes to achieve similar results.

Initiative cuts MRSA by more than a third in veterans' nursing homes, report shows

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A nationwide initiative to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in veterans' nursing homes dramatically slashed the infection rate, and could provide a framework for other nursing homes to achieve similar results.

Potential new weapon against MRSA discovered

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Researchers have discovered a way to increase the potency of antibiotics against deadly bacterial diseases that have afflicted seniors especially hard. The key is something called inhibitor compounds, which have been developed by structural biologists and chemists.

Researchers discover new way of curing MRSA

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Targeting cells known as persisters is a new and highly effective way of eradicating methi­cillin-resis­tant staphy­lo­coccus aureus, according to newly published research.

Dangerous bacterium shows promise as MRSA treatment, researchers discover

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Compounds derived from the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa may be an effective treatment for methicillin-resistant S. aureus, researchers have discovered.

Facilities need better reviews of antibiotic use, expert says

Facilities need better reviews of antibiotic use, expert says

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Skilled nursing facility administrators need to do a complete review of antibiotics to better combat multi-drug resistant organisms, an infection control expert said in May.

Wound warriors

Wound warriors

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Providers keep up the good fight as they close care gaps on multi-drug resistant organism-infected wounds by seeking out the right treatment and product.

Review of antibiotic usage needed in long-term care facilities, expert urges

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Long-term care administrators and directors should have an antibiotic stewardship program that takes the entire facility into account, an infection control expert said Thursday.

Three risk factors could help uncover C. diff. carriers, researchers say

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Long-term care providers might want to pay special attention to residents with certain recently identified risk factors for Clostridium difficile. These factors are chronic dialysis, recent hospitalization and use of corticosteroids such as prednisone.

Nursing home residents at greatest risk of MRSA in February and March, study finds

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Seniors in nursing homes are at greatest risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in the winter months, while children are at greatest risk during the summer, according to a recently released study.

New oral medication shows promise for more quickly treating MRSA skin infections, researchers find

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A new oral antibiotic may effectively treat MRSA-related skin infections more quickly than the only oral drug currently approved, according to research published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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.

NQF's measures target pressure ulcers

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors recently endorsed 12 patient safety measures with a focus on complications. The measures address pressure ulcers, falls, healthcare-associated infections and a range of quality concerns.

Researchers show how MRSA contact precautions lead to better hand hygiene

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Contact precautions for patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus led to healthcare workers practicing better hand hygiene, a study has found.

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.

New tracking tools to help nursing facilities treat and prevent facility-acquired infections

Government health officials have released a tracking tool that can help nursing facilities monitor healthcare-acquired infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network's new tracking component lets users log onto a website.

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.

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 ...

MRSA infection rates down in communities, healthcare settings, study finds

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Rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections are on the decline in both healthcare facilities and in community settings, a new study found.

Bloodstream infection test wins FDA approval

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The Food and Drug Administration approved a test Wednesday that can help physicians diagnose an infection and select the proper antibiotic much more rapidly than with existing tests.

Formal, written policies can help long-term care facilities avoid healthcare-associated infections, experts say

Formal, written policies can help long-term care facilities avoid healthcare-associated infections, experts say

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Long-term care organizations must practice diligent adherence to hand hygiene regimens and establish clear, written protocols for containing and preventing healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), experts recommended during a webinar Wednesday.

Daily use of antimicrobial wipes cuts nursing facility MRSA transmission rates, investigators find

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Daily use of antimicrobial wipes combined with standard bathing helped one Canadian nursing facility cut its methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus transmission rate by 82% over 33 months, a team of epidemiologists found.

Board-certified infection control directors linked to lower MRSA rates, study reveals

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Healthcare providers with board-certified infection prevention specialists on staff have substantially fewer methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections than those that don't, new research suggests.

Self-sanitizing keyboard uses ultraviolet light

Self-sanitizing keyboard uses ultraviolet light

Vioguard announced that its self-sanitizing computer keyboard has received marketing clearance from the Food and Drug Administration. The keyboard was developed to address the need for continual disinfection efforts in healthcare settings, such as skilled nursing facilities. The keyboard uses ultraviolet light to automatically cleanse its surfaces. Ultraviolet light is a proven killer of flu, MRSA, and other harmful viruses and germs, the firm notes.

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