While many long-term care residents may be welcoming in the fall season by enjoying the cooler weather, changing leaves and apple cider, fall is also the time for long-term care facility managers and professionals to develop or dust off infection outbreak prevention plans.
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.
Coping with the complicated management of infectious diseases is among the many challenges facing long-term care facilities today. Residents with multiple comorbidities often are prescribed broad-spectrum antibiotics and it seems as though methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other (increasingly) drug-resistant bugs are everywhere. Outbreaks are common, ranging from norovirus and influenza to Clostridium difficile and scabies.
Norovirus is the scourge of nursing homes, not to mention frequent travelers. The release of Center for Disease Control and Prevention data this week confirms what many of us see firsthand, which is "the public health burden exacted by noroviruses is substantial." This report is near and dear to my heart: a strain of a norovirus recently found me.
Long-term care facilities are by far the most common settings for norovirus outbreaks, dwarfing the number of outbreaks in hospitals, according to government data released Tuesday.
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