Infection Control & Prevention

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Individuals in long-term care settings are especially vulnerable to healthcare-associated infections. Germs can be spread from resident to resident on unclean hands of long-term care personnel as well as through the improper use of equipment. According to the CDC, 30 outbreaks of hepatitis B and hepatitis C have occurred in non-hospital healthcare settings such as long-term care facilities in the last 10 years alone.

These infections can have negative emotional, financial, and medical effects on long-term care residents. This infection can often be prevented, however, when residents, long-term care workers, and visitors follow proper infection prevention.

Tools and Resources
Interim Guidance for Infection Control Within Healthcare Settings When Caring for Confirmed Cases, Probable Cases, and Cases Under Investigation for Infection with Novel Influenza A Viruses Associated with Severe Disease, guide from the CDC 

Urinary Tract Infections in Older People, from the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

Long-Term Care and Other Residential Facilities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist, from the CDC

Infection prevention and control in the long-term care facility, from A

Additional Websites
Infection Control in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology