The winter months are right around the corner, meaning administrators in long-term and senior care facilities must start preparing for norovirus. Yes, norovirus is seasonal. It’s just one of...
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Let’s talk about hand hygiene
Buffy Lloyd-Krejci, DrPH, CIC
Sep 27, 2022
Infection prevention begins with fundamentals, and there is nothing more fundamental than hand hygiene. However, there is a lot of confusion in the industry regarding the placement of alcohol-based hand...
MDROs setting up residence: The role of the contaminated environment in long-term care
Debra A. Hagberg
Aug 18, 2022
America’s age 65 and older population is expected to nearly double in size in the coming decades, from 49 million in 2016 to 95 million in 2060. With this aging of the population comes the reality of...
Questions on monkeypox in LTC? This doc has answers.
Aug 11, 2022
Monkeypox “will likely spread beyond the demographic in which it is currently most concentrated, and facilities need to be prepared to handle exposed or even infected patients,” an expert tells...
Watchdog says not enough nursing homes including emerging infectious diseases in emergency plans
Aug 01, 2022
A federal watchdog agency has called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to update regulations and “make clear” that nursing homes must include emerging infectious diseases as a risk in...
Infection preventionists join ranks of the burned-out, survey finds
Alicia Lasek (f3)
Jul 15, 2022
The reduced well-being of these workers impacts healthcare quality and safety in a time when there is a 25% IP job vacancy rate.
CMS releases updated Phase 3 guidance
Jun 29, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Wednesday released updated guidance for nursing home surveyors as part of the Phase 2 and 3 Requirements of Participation.
Almost perfect: Mandated full-time infection preventionist soars hand hygiene and PPE compliance to 99...
Jun 15, 2022
A California skilled nursing facility launched its compliance with hand hygiene and other infection prevention practices to near perfect levels thanks to continuous audits and training from its full-time...
Dementia care providers struggled with infection control during pandemic, multistate study reveals
Alicia Lasek (f3)
Jun 08, 2022
Assisted living operators found serious challenges in implementing infection prevention and control practices for residents with dementia during the pandemic, according to a new study across seven states.