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Reducing HAIs and improving LTC resident health

November 15, 2016  |  Thom Wellington
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Long-term care facilities and hospitals are becoming more aware of the need for diligent infection control in resident populations--including better training.

Will the next superbug be a fungus?

November 15, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The CDC has issued warnings to hospitals and laboratories to be on the lookout for an emerging threat: a fungal infection called Candida auris.

Clorox’s newest bleach stronger, safer for LTC

November 2, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Clorox Healthcare’s Fuzion Cleaner Disinfectant kills C. difficile and 35 other pathogens in under two minutes and is safe to use every day on most surfaces. 

Advancing wound care technology

October 25, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Wounds that measure themselves? New technology makes it almost that simple. Check out the hot wound care advancements from this year’s American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living conference.

Taking antibiotics can raise C. diff infection risk for residents nearby

October 11, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Can taking antibiotics affect a roommate's risk for C. diff? A new JAMA study says yes.

Nurse Assist issues I.V. flush syringe recall

October 5, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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The company is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of I.V. flush syringes because of a potential link to B. cepacia bloodstream infections. 

More LTC workers but fewer seniors getting their flu shot

October 4, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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A record number of physicians and healthcare workers, including nonmedical staff, were vaccinated against the flu. That’s good news for seniors, who are especially vulnerable, but who also saw the biggest age bracket decline in vaccination.

CDC encourages early intervention, preventive measures for sepsis

September 6, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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A recent Vital Signs report on sepsis and found that for nearly 80 percent of patients, the infection begins outside of the hospital, leading the government agency to ramp up preventive efforts and increase sepsis awareness.

FDA nixes 19 antibacterial handwash ingredients

September 2, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The final rule issued today forces companies to remove 19 different ingredients from over-the-counter products because they haven’t proven to be effective in preventing the spread of illness and could do more harm than good.

What senior communities need to know about Zika

August 30, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The Zika virus is not expected to spread rampantly throughout the United States, but senior living communities in southern states or high-risk areas like Miami can take proactive precautions to reduce risk to residents, staff and visiting families.

Flu season: An opportunity for training

August 26, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Despite sunshine and warm temperatures, influenza season is right around the corner. Are your staffers trained in the policies and protocols concerning vaccinations?

Study: Inconsistent policies thwart UTI prevention efforts

August 2, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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More standardization and consistency in protocols would help nursing homes reduce urinary tract infections, notes a new study cross-examining policies and infection data at nearly 1,000 SNFs.

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