Infection Prevention and Long-Term Care Facilities
Delivered January 21, 2020. Contributor: Hellen O.
To gain insights into what is happening in long-term care facilities in regards to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), common infections, prevalence/incidence data, and current nursing practices that can help prevent/reduce infection rates.
According to James Cleeman, MD, director of AHRQ’s Healthcare-Associated Infections Program, “Healthcare-associated infections are a critical problem facing the healthcare system.”
The study also found that infection rates for urinary tract infections (UTIs), viral hepatitis, septicemia, wound infections, multiple drug-resistant organisms (MDROs), and pneumonia had increased over a period of five years.
Recent remodeling data suggests that "substantial reductions in resistant bacteria, like MRSA, can be achieved through coordinated activities between health care facilities in a given region."