Higher Acuity – The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

According to the CDC, every year 2 million people in the United States become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Assisted living providers are increasingly faced with residents who have infections with organisms such as Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and Clostridium difficile; …

Washing Laundry with Infected Material

Protecting your staff and residents from the infectious diseases is an important responsibility. Safely handling and cleaning laundry with infected material is an important part of your overall infection control program. The following recommendations are adapted from www.cdc.gov. Be sure to also follow any state regulations regarding laundry storage, handling, and cleaning.

Preventing Transmission of Shingles

According to the CDC, nearly 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles. Also known as zoster or herpes zoster, shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus. The risk of getting the disease increases with age, so care providers in assisted living and residential care …

Stop C. Diff

When residents take antibiotics they are at risk for developing C. difficile (sometimes called “C. diff”) infections that can cause diarrhea serious enough to kill. According to the CDC, “C. difficile is a germ that causes diarrhea and other intestinal problems linked to 14,000 U.S. deaths annually.”

Can I Retain a Resident with MRSA?

The incidence of infections from drug-resistant organisms continues to be major problem in the United States. Assisted living and residential care providers are increasingly faced with a resident who is infected or colonized with these organisms, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resitant enterococci (VRE). One of the most important questions for providers is …

Preventing MRSA Infections

(The following is adapted from www.cdc.gov) MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin. In the community, most MRSA infections are skin infections. More severe or potentially life-threatening MRSA infections occur …

Hand Hygiene

Do you know the proper way to wash your hands? Do your staff know when to wash their hands? When is it appropriate to use a waterless hand sanitizer?

A Flu Vaccine for Seniors

Are you aware that this year there is a new influenza vaccine designed specifically for people 65 years and older?

Tuesday Tip: Standard Precautions

Although current California regulations refer to “universal precautions,” current infection-control techniques have advanced and today “standard precautions” (which include universal precautions) are considered the basic level of infection control.