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A Nurse’s Personal Story of Sepsis and a Healthcare-associated Infection

Sherrie Dornberger

Guest Author: Sherrie Dornberger RN, GDCN, CADDCT, CDP, CDONA, FACDONA Executive Director, National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care (NADONA) As a professional nurse turned patient, I have personally experienced the turmoil caused by poor healthcare delivery. I became a victim to a healthcare-associated infection (HAI), amongst other medical issues, while Read More >

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Incorporating Antibiotic Stewardship into the Care of Residents in Nursing Homes

Richard L. Gelula, MSW

Guest Author: Richard Gelula, MSW Executive Director, The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Among the most important responsibilities in caring for people in nursing homes and other long-term care settings is taking the time to learn what the person or resident wants and needs. This requires sufficient numbers of staff and also people Read More >

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Consultant Pharmacists Can Help Improve Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes

Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, CGP, FASCP

Guest Author: Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, CGP, FASCP Professor, Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacy Practice and Science UMB School of Pharmacy Director, Clinical and Educational Programs of Peter Lamy Center Drug Therapy and Aging As a consultant pharmacist, I work with nursing homes and their inter-professional teams to meet the medication needs of all residents. I Read More >

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Protect Nursing Home Residents by Improving Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes

NimalieStone

Author: Nimalie Stone, MD Medical Epidemiologist, CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Improving the use of antibiotics in healthcare is critical to protect patients and reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance. In nursing homes, antibiotics are frequently prescribed medications; as many as 70% of residents receive antibiotics over the course of a year. However, a Read More >

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The Role of the Clinical Environment of Care in Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections

J. Hudson Garrett Jr., PhD, MSN, MPH, FNP, PLNC, CSRN, CHESP, VA-BC, FACDONA

Guest Author: J. Hudson Garrett Jr., PhD, MSN, MPH, FNP, PLNC, CSRN, CHESP, VA-BC, FACDONA Industry Liaison, Board of Directors Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), A Personal Membership Group of the American Hospital Association Today, I’m here at CDC with the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) to talk with CDC about critical issues Read More >

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