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Category: Long Term Care (LTC)

Despite Progress, three-quarters of a million infections threaten hospital patients each year

Despite Progress, three-quarters of a million infections threaten hospital patients each year National and state data detail threat of healthcare-associated infections and opportunities for further improvements. CDC released two reports today – one, a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article detailing national healthcare-associated infection estimates, and the other an annual report on national and Read More >

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CDC launches new website for preventing infections in long term care

Author: Nimalie Stone, MD Medical Epidemiologist CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion The past few years have brought heightened awareness of the important role of infection prevention programs and activities in long-term care settings, including nursing homes and assisted living. Navigating all the information available on infection prevention in healthcare facilities can be overwhelming, and Read More >

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One Hospital, One Heart, Let’s Get Together to Control VRE (Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci)

  Authors – Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA Associate Professor of International Health and Director of Operations Research International Vaccine Access Center Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health   Think when another hospital in a region has a vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) bacteria problem that it’s their problem and not your hospital’s problem? Think again. Read More >

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When Antibiotics Lead to Deadly Diarrhea…

Author – Matthew Wayne MD, CMD, Chief Medical Officer for CommuniCare Family of Companies, President of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) So, you’ve recently taken antibiotics and you’ve now developed a case of disturbing diarrhea. Should you be concerned? Maybe so… Antibiotic-associated diarrhea refers to diarrhea that develops in a person who is taking Read More >

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Addressing Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes – It Starts with a Conversation

Author – Nimalie Stone MD, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As you have read in the posts from our academic and clinical partners, much work needs to be done to impact the systems and behaviors driving antibiotic use in the nursing home setting. We believe many of the principles Read More >

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