Tag: antibiotic stewardship

New guidelines make significant changes to management of C. Difficile

Clostridium difficile or C. diff is a deadly, treatment-resistant infection and the most important cause of healthcare-associated diarrhea. Adults who are 65 years and older and in a long-term care facilities are especially at risk for the highly contagious infection. Earlier this year, a panel of experts was convened to update the 2010 clinical practice […]

WHO: Antibiotic resistance a ‘serious situation’ worldwide

This post has been republished with permission from the author, Matt Vensel, HCPro OSHA Healthcare Advisor While releasing surveillance data from 40 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday declared antibiotic resistance a “serious situation” in both high- and low-income countries. In a press release, WHO said the data, collected as part of its […]

CMS’ new infection control requirements: What you need to implement a successful antibiotic stewardship program

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that roughly 40–50% of antibiotics are prescribed incorrectly, with the possibility that nearly 50% of antibiotics are given for too long in nursing homes. These numbers highlight the shortfalls that may exist in long-term care staff education when it comes to antibiotic usage. In the past two years, […]

Fine tune your antibiotic stewardship methods by November deadline

Prior to the publication of CMS’ final rule on October 4, 2016, which heavily revised many Conditions of Participation (CoP) for Medicare, the agency’s infection control regulation included language about preventing the threat of multi-drug-resistant organisms and creating strategies for effective review of antibiotic use in long-term care facilities to avoid negative, sometimes deadly, effects […]