Navigation Links
New tools help nursing homes track and prevent deadly infections
Date:9/18/2012

CHICAGO (September 18, 2012) The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have each released new tools and information to help track deadly healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. Potentially deadly HAIs strike volumes of nursing home residents each year, with best estimates suggesting that up to 2.8 million infections can occur in this population annually.

Published online this week in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of SHEA, an expert panel published updated infection definitions and guidance that provides uniform criteria for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to track and monitor HAIs. The updated surveillance definitions, coordinated by SHEA's Long-Term Care Special Interest Group, incorporate evidence published over the past two decades, with definitions for norovirus gastroenteritis and Clostridium difficile infections added and more specific definitions for urinary tract infections included.

In parallel, CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) released a new tracking component, allowing nursing homes and other long term care facilities to monitor HAIs. The newly published guidance serves as the foundation of the new NHSN component. When facilities track infections, they can identify problems, implement prevention measures, and monitor progress toward stopping infections. State and local health officials can also use the system to monitor the impact of regional prevention efforts. On the national level, data entered into NHSN will gauge progress toward national infection prevention goals.

"The unsettling truth is that our best estimates of healthcare-associated infections in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, most likely understate the true problem," said Nimalie Stone, M.D., a lead author of the guidance and a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Clinicians in nursing homes cannot prevent healthcare-associated infections unless they know where and how they are occurring. Tracking infections within facilities is the first step toward prevention and ultimately saves lives."

The new NHSN component allows nursing homes and other long term care facilities to track Clostridium difficile (a deadly diarrheal infection), drug-resistant infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), urinary tract infections, and healthcare worker adherence to basic infection control procedures including hand hygiene and glove use.

"With the rising number of individuals receiving more complex medical care in nursing homes, these new tools provide a needed means for these resource-limited care settings to help track and monitor their facility's infections using criteria that reflect the care they provide and the patients they see," said Suzanne Bradley, MD, a co-author of the paper and editor-in-chief of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

CDC is one of multiple federal agencies vigorously working to protect patients. The Department of Health and Human Services has released a National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections with several goals to address infections among nursing home residents including reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections and infections from Clostridium difficile.

The new surveillance guidance has been endorsed by the American Medical Directors Association, the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious DiseaseCanada, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Community and Hospital Infection Control AssociationCanada, and the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care.


'/>"/>

Contact: Tamara Moore
tmoore@gymr.com
202-745-5114
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Scientist awarded $1 million grant to develop tools for hepatitis C treatment discovery
2. Mayo Clinic: Standard heart disease risk tools underrate danger in rheumatoid arthritis
3. NIH tools facilitate matching cancer drugs with gene targets
4. BMC awarded contract to study validity of primary care drug screening tools
5. New FDA program adds to tools to curb opiod abuse in United States
6. New tools and techniques enhance laparoscopic gallbladder removal
7. Study: Clot removal devices successful tools for acute ischemic stroke treatment
8. Study recommends ways to evaluate end-of-life care in nursing homes
9. Women With Older Partners More Often Admitted to Nursing Homes
10. NYUCNs Dr. Laura Wagner: Study finds accreditation improves safety culture at nursing homes
11. Individuals with dementia more likely to die at home than in nursing homes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... This campaign aims to ... which we as a society can control and change. , As nearly 795,000 Americans ... 40 seconds within the United States. Plus, with an estimated 129,000 of these people ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... Aimed at nurses ... human interest stories, courtesy of leaders in the nursing and health care industry. ... from leading advocates and associations—namely Jones & Bartlett Learning. , Jones & Bartlett ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... , ... Despite last week’s media reports hinting at a June rate hike ... March 2017 for an interest rate increase, according to Rajeev Dhawan of the Economic ... Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) dot charts are of interest to the press for ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Intalere, the healthcare industry leader ... its inaugural Member Conference at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., May ... of America’s healthcare providers. , The conference was highlighted by the announcement of ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... The Woodlands at John Knox ... new model of care for living and healing, celebrated its grand opening, today. The ... a Real Home provided by Empowered Staff. , “This is an incredibly fulfilling time ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... May 24, 2016  Diana Russell suffers from a ... from the inside out.  This disease has put her ... her children and grandchildren to leave her home.  Because ... family cannot haul the wheelchair.  So if there is ... and Diana is left to wait for the bus. ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... LAWRENCE, Mass. , May 24, 2016  NxStage ... medical technology company focused on advancing renal care, today ... Officer, plans to participate in the following schedule of ... will be made available at http://ir.nxstage.com/ . ... Jefferies Healthcare Conference NY, NY           Friday, ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... 2016  Joe Marziani has joined VMS BioMarketing as senior vice president of sales, ... his new role, Marziani will lead the company,s business development and sales team, exploring ... Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160523/371089 ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: