Increases in non-COVID infections ‘wipe out’ decade of progress
Sep 03, 2021
The CDC’s new report of a spike in healthcare associated infections is alarming, says the nation’s leading infection control group. One bright spot for nursing homes: CDC found no increase in Clostridium...
How to respond to growing threat of multi-drug resistant organisms focus of Aug. 24 webinar
Aug 12, 2021
Candida auris. Methicillin/oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Vancomycin-resistant enterococci. The growing list of multi-drug resistant organisms is enough to worry any nursing home leader. These...
Smoking linked to mutations that give MRSA staying power
Jul 31, 2019
New research might make facilities rethink smoke breaks for employees and residents.
A MRSA vaccine may be on the horizon
Dec 13, 2017
If a MRSA vaccine could be developed for adults, it could potentially save nursing homes a lot of money, not to mention reset some of our infection control protocols.
Antibiotics in LTC: Changing from ‘Just in case’ to ‘Only when needed’
Philip D. Sloane, M.D., MPH and Sheryl Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Mar 01, 2017
Prior to the discovery of antibiotics, the most common cause of death was infection. There was no good treatment for pneumonia, complications of urine or ear infections were common, and many people died...
A horizontal approach to infection preparedness
Rosie D. Lyles, M.D.
Jan 12, 2015
Today’s growing concerns surrounding infectious risks such as Ebola, EVD-68, and flu are excellent examples of why proactive horizontal approaches to infection prevention and implementing proven...
MRSA often lurks in groin
Sep 01, 2014
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization is common in groin and rectal areas, especially in men, new research shows.
Infectious diseases specialists vital in LTC facilities
Russell M. Petrak, M.D.
Aug 18, 2014
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...
Also in the news for August 8, 2014 . . .
Aug 08, 2014
Severe Vitamin D deficiency increases dementia risk by 125%, historically large study shows … Stress helps wound healing? … Government approves new MRSA drug
CDC releases HAI Data: How are we doing?
Jacie Volkman, MPH, CIC
Jul 16, 2014
For many years, healthcare institutions have been focused on different ways to decrease HAIs, as federal reimbursement initiatives loomed. So, what does this report card tell us? We’ve come a long...