Tag: infection control

SNF infection control and PPE compliance an issue; White House issues new, immediate guidance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new recommendations to SNFs, as well as state and local governments. According to a CMS press release, these recommendations were developed as CMS “worked hand-in-hand with the CDC.” During an initial wave of surveys conducted the week of March 30, CMS found that 36% of facilities […]

CMS shifts focus to Immediate Jeopardy and infection control inspections

CMS announced a focused effort on immediate jeopardy inspections and surveys focused on infection control for the next three weeks in a March 25 call. CMS is planning to conduct surveys in facilities without confirmed COVID-19 cases, but are located in areas where the virus is prevalent. After facility inspections, CMS will temporarily not conduct […]

CMS to exclusively focus surveys on infection control, other serious safety threats

CMS announced this week that, effective immediately, state survey agencies and accrediting organizations will suspend all non-emergency inspections across the country to allow inspectors to turn their focus toward infection control and other serious threats to safety, such as abuse. This change is in direct response to the threat COVID-19 spread. CMS is also issuing three […]

CMS releases additional infection control guidance in light of COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent out a notice today regarding extra infection control guidance in light of COVID-19. An outbreak of the virus at Life Care in Kirkland, Wash. that resulted in seven deaths with eight sick has prompted SNFs to take notice and CMS to issue new guidance that includes specific […]

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, […]