Tag: infection control

CMS piloting infection control program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun a three-year pilot project to improve assessment of infection control and prevent regulations in nursing homes, hospitals, and during transitions of care. All surveys during the pilot will be educational surveys, meaning no citation will be issued. New surveyor tools and processes will be developed […]

Long-term facilities beginning to see norovirus outbreaks

In Medford, Oregon, a skilled nursing facility is recovering from a norovirus outbreak that affected 20 patients and 10 staff members.  Meanwhile, in Santa Barbara, CA, Samarkand Retirement Community confirmed in outbreak on December 10, and has since discouraged visitors until the outbreak is abated. Because norovirus can be especially dangerous for the elderly, who can become […]

LTC worker flu vaccination rates remain low

Long-term care workers continued to have low rates of flu vaccination last season, despite there being 92% vaccination coverage overall among physicians and nurses, according to the CDC’s FluVaxView website. Coverage for nurses overall increased by 5%, from 2013-2014 to 90.5%, and pharmacists were around 86%. Long-term care professionals had a 63% rate, which is […]

Giving nurses more control over their schedules could lower pressure ulcer rates

Nursing homes might be able to cut their pressure ulcer rates by giving nurses more control over when they work, according to findings published online in the Journal of Applied Gerontology. Facilities that gave nurses more say in their work hours had a lower prevalence of pressure ulcers, independent of staff mix, staffing ratios, job […]

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 […]