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Infection prevention goal of new CDC website

February 13, 2014
by Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new website designed to prevent infections in long-term care (LTC) facilities.

“The past few years have brought heightened awareness of the important role of infection prevention programs and activities in [LTC] settings, including nursing homes and assisted living,” Nimalie Stone, MD, a medical epidemiologist in the CDC’s division of healthcare quality promotion, wrote in a blog post. “Navigating all the information available on infection prevention in healthcare facilities can be overwhelming, and it can be particularly difficult to locate available resources that are specific to [LTC] settings. To address this need, my CDC colleagues and I have worked to redesign and expand our web-based tools and resources for this important healthcare setting.”

The site, Stone says, organizes existing infection prevention guidance and resources into sections for clinical staff, infection prevention coordinators and residents. It also provides direct access to the CDC’s infection tracking system for LTC facilities as well as infection prevention tools developed as part of the agency’s partnership with Advancing Excellence initiative. The CDC expects to add more information and materials, too.

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