Tag: infection control

CMS loosens nursing home infection control regulation with single use devices

 Nursing homes now are allowed to purchase certain previously prohibited types of medical devices, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced. To prevent the spread of infections, federal regulations have directed nursing homes to only use brand-new single-use medical devices (SUDs), such as endoscopes or blood pressure cuffs. Under a policy change effective immediately, […]

CDC releases new report on germ threats in health care

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that gives a snapshot of the threats posed by antibiotic-resistant germs in health care. According to the CDC, the report “Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013,” gives a first-ever snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs having the […]

FDA warns of potential infection risks tied to mattresses

In an April notice, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care providers, health care facility staff, and caregivers that damaged or worn covers for medical bed mattresses can allow blood and body fluids to penetrate medical bed mattresses, posing a risk of infection to patients. The FDA is providing recommendations for reducing […]