Tag: infection

New COVID-19 Community Levels don’t apply to health care settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) introduced its new COVID-19 Community Level standards on February 25, 2022, as a new metric for state and local health care officials to determine the need for increased public infection prevention steps. But its important for health care providers to recognize these new standards do not apply […]

Infection preventionist needed for COVID-19 prevention in SNFs

At least one infection preventionist (IP) should be on-site full time at SNFs with more than 100 residents, or SNFs that provide on-site ventilator or hemodialysis services, according to new CDC guidance. This individual is responsible for developing IPC policies and procedures, performing infection surveillance, providing competency-based training of HCP, and auditing adherence to recommended […]

Coronavirus patients caught in conflict between hospital and nursing homes

This article was first published on Monday, March 30, 2020 in Kaiser Health News. Editor’s note: According to March 13, 2020 Guidance by CMS: Nursing homes should admit any individuals that they would normally admit to their facility, including individuals from hospitals where a case of COVID-19 was/is present. Also, if possible, dedicate a unit/wing […]

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 […]