Tag: infection control

Hundreds may have been exposed to TB at Delaware nursing home

State and health officials announced June 1 that more than 600 individuals may have been exposed to active tuberculosis at the ManorCare Health Services facility in Wilmington, Delaware during a nine-month period starting in January 2017. Officials were sending letters to current residents as well as former residents who stayed at the facility during the […]

CMS and CDC collaborating on free training course for infection preventionist

In a memo addressed to State Survey Agency Directors on March 16, CMS announced their collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to create an online training course in infection control and prevention for long-term care staff. This free course will be available in Spring 2019 and is intended to provide specialized training in […]

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 […]

Nursing home residents at higher risk for difficult to treat infection

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that patients in healthcare facilities in several countries (including the United States) are experiencing a harmful yeast called Candida auris, which causes serious invasive infections. The yeast, which does not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs, can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. The CDC says […]

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 […]

Housekeeping for senior living part 2: Management of sharps

In Part 1 of this series we covered OSHA’s requirements for cleaning and disinfecting in a senior living facility. Part 2 will discuss guidelines that administrators should follow when training their housekeeping staff in sharps management, taken from Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living, written by Karen T. Stratoti, […]

FDA bans healthcare antiseptics containing Triclosan

In a final rule published this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that over-the-counter (OTC) antiseptics used in healthcare settings containing the ingredient Triclosan–the most commonly used active ingredient in OTC antiseptics–are not generally recognized as safe and effective for use in healthcare settings. The rule clarifies that the term “healthcare antiseptic” […]

Educate your residents for enhanced infection control

This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s infection control guide, Infection Control: How to Implement an Effective Approach for Long-Term Care, written by subject matter expert Brian Garavaglia, PhD, FACHCA. Adults bring a lifetime of experience to the learning situation, and most of them are capable of self-direction. They often relate the development of […]

[NEW] Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living

Senior living facilities are largely governed by individual state regulations, and many states do not mandate quality assurance and compliance checks. As a result, these organizations are left with few resources and limited funds to ensure quality; they also lack the monitoring necessary to measure and improve OSHA compliance, as well as ensure the effectiveness […]