Urinary Tract Infections

Large number of hospitalizations could be prevented for cognitively impaired residents on feeding tubes, researchers find

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Residents of long-term care facilities who are cognitively impaired and on feeding tubes have high numbers of potentially preventable emergency room visits and hospitalizations, according to newly published research findings.

Dual eligibles in nursing homes have fewer hospitalizations than those in home- and community-based care, researchers find

Dual eligibles in nursing homes have fewer hospitalizations than those in home- and community-based care, researchers find

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Elderly, frail people are more likely to be hospitalized if they are receiving home- or community-based services than if they live in a nursing home, according to newly published research. Recent Medicaid reforms have aimed to increase use of HCBS because it is believed to be less costly than institutional long-term care, investigators noted. They said their findings suggest that more frequent hospitalizations are a "hidden cost" of home- and community-based care.

Cranberry capsules might prevent UTIs

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Female long-term care residents at a high risk for urinary tract infections who took cranberry capsules twice a day substantially lowered their risk, according to a new study.

Hospital group to implement CAUTI reduction program in long-term care facilities nationwide

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A successful program to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections in hospitals will be expanded into long-term care settings nationwide, under a contract recently awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Emergency rooms see too many elderly nursing home residents, researchers say

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A disproportionately high number of nursing home residents are being admitted to hospital emergency departments, and many of these admissions are potentially avoidable, according to recently published research.

Dementia patients face risk  of urinary, fecal incontinence

Dementia patients face risk of urinary, fecal incontinence

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Seniors with dementia are two to three times more likely to have urinary incontinence and four times more likely to have fecal incontinence, according to a new study.

Topical estrogen could help senior care providers scale back antibiotics for recurring UTIs, researchers find

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Topical estrogen treatments are an effective replacement for antibiotics in preventing urinary tract infections in older women, recently published research suggests.

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.

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.

Type 2 diabetics more likely to develop UTIs, research finds

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People with type 2 diabetes are more likely than non-diabetics to develop urinary tract infections, a British study recently found.

Healthcare-acquired infection rates tied to nurse burnout, researchers say

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Healthcare providers looking to reduce facility-acquired infection rates might start by lightening their nurses' patient load, authors of a new report recommend.

HHS healthcare-associated infection reduction plan is open for public comments

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The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comments on its updated action plan — which includes efforts in nursing homes — to reduce or eliminate healthcare-associated infections.

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