People at severe COVID-19 risk got less treatment than lower-risk patients; study exposes N95 mask fit...
Jan 29, 2024
Two new studies shed more light on how people used measures to prevent and treat COVID-19.
Clinical briefs for Monday, Sept. 11
Sep 11, 2023
Home palliative care boosts quality of life for people with heart failure … N95 mask fitting tests can wait three years instead of one … Hormone made during exercise may reduce Alzheimer’s plaques,...
Nursing home COVID cases climb; lack of new federal masking rules irks consumer groups
Jessica R. Towhey
Aug 29, 2023
With no new masking guidance from federal health officials as COVID cases climb, nursing homes are carefully navigating when to require masking and other infection prevention steps to head off outbreaks.
Washington state ends mask requirements for LTC facilities
Mar 07, 2023
The state where the first nursing home COVID-19 outbreak was confirmed is ending its COVID-19 masking order in these and other healthcare settings.
Experts blast ‘flawed’ mask studies, urge healthcare workers to use respirators
Feb 24, 2023
Leading infectious disease experts are pushing back after the publication of two studies finding no differences between surgical masks and respirators for protecting healthcare workers against respiratory...
Prioritize ventilation over masking, ‘realistic’ epidemiologist advises long-term care providers
Nov 23, 2022
Staying away from groups when sick and improved ventilation — but not masking — are the way forward at this point in the pandemic, a noted epidemiologist and COVID-19 advisor told a nursing home group...
Some providers dubious as return to pre-COVID ‘normal’ gets official OK
Oct 07, 2022
Providers are still clamoring for answers about how to best comply with a series of new rules and recommendations issued by federal regulators over the last two weeks, officials acknowledged during a nursing...
Providers urged to remember COVID-19 tactics as dangerous flu season looms
Oct 06, 2022
Influenza, once the respiratory scourge that nursing home residents and professionals feared the most each year before COVID-19 hit, should be back on providers’ radar in a big way, experts warn.
Messages from the temperature police
Oct 04, 2022
They were curious about nursing homes no longer needing to use staff or an automated screening tool to monitor visitors or staff.
APIC expert urges mask-wearing in LTC, despite guidance switch
Oct 04, 2022
Despite a recent shift in CDC guidance, now is not the right time for long-term care providers to relax masking and other source control use, says infection preventionist Deb Burdsall of APIC.