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Advancing wound care technology

October 25, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

FDA questions safety, effectiveness of hand sanitizers

July 6, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating manufacturer claims and three active ingredients to make sure hand sanitizers reduces bacteria on hands without any unwanted residue—or consequences. 

Get the flu shot, CDC advisory committee recommends

June 29, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The idea of a live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) administered by nasal spray may be appealing, but it’s not effective and shouldn’t be used next flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization...

Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at 3 LTC sites

June 16, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Cases of Legionnaire’s disease have been reported at three long-term care facilities since May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the number reported cases has quadrupled since 2000. 


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