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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Clinical tests indicate that a potential norovirus vaccine is highly effective in reducing symptoms of the infection, researchers have announced.
Long-term care facilities are seeing the worst of a nationwide outbreak of a potentially dangerous new strain of norovirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.
Clorox recently unveiled free norovirus and C. difficile prevention toolkits. Both are intended to help long-term care facilities mitigate the risk of pathogen transmission and healthcare-associated infections.
Bad outcomes related to norovirus outbreaks in nursing homes are linked to lower daily registered nurse hours per resident, a recent analysis found.
Epidemiologists are concerned about a sharp increase in nursing home outbreaks of the stomach bug known as sapovirus, a cousin of the more common norovirus, a new study reports
One California nursing home is working to re-open to visitors and new admissions following a norovirus outbreak that began Nov. 8, according to local reports.