Tag: infection control

This week: U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. As a key component of CDC’s efforts to improve antibiotic stewardship across multiple settings, […]

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, […]

Test your infection control knowledge

Editor’s note: This sample test was taken from HCPro’s title Infection Control: How to Implement an Effective Approach for Long-Term Care by Brian Garavaglia, PhD. This one-stop resource offers staff quick and convenient access to procedures, policies, and forms to create an effective infection prevention and control program, as well as in-service training to help your […]

CMS releases new facility assessment tool

Last week, CMS provided information about its new facility assessment tool during an MLN Connects call and presentation. The tool, which is optional and can either be used as is or adapted by nursing home providers, provides a template for facilities to use when conducting their facility-wide assessment, which is a new requirement under Phase […]

When Wounds Won’t Heal, Therapies Spread — To The Tune Of $5 Billion

By Marisa Taylor, Kaiser Health News PHILADELPHIA — Carol Emanuele beat cancer. But for the past two years, she has been fighting her toughest battle yet. She has an open wound on the bottom of her foot that leaves her unable to walk and prone to deadly infection. In an effort to treat her diabetic […]

CDC invests more than $200 million to help states respond to infectious disease threats

$77 million dedicated to combat existing and emerging antibiotic resistance The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded more than $200 million through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement to help states, cities, counties, and territories prevent, detect, respond to, and control the growing threats posed by emerging and […]

Flu vaccine not as effective for seniors last winter compared to the young

Data show that the flu vaccine did a poor job of protecting older adults, ages 65 and older, from the illness last winter. Results were presented by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—a group of health experts that provide recommendations regarding the use of vaccines in the United States—and showed that the vaccine was only […]

Legionnaires’ disease more common in healthcare facilities: How to address the issue

Legionnaires’ disease (LD) is a serious, often deadly lung infection that causes pneumonia and is more common in people being treated in healthcare facilities¾including long-term care facilities and hospitals¾due to conditions that put them at greater risk of getting sick and dying from the infection, reports the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC also […]