Category: Infection Control

Diabetic Amputations

The State reveals the capital of South Carolina, specifically North Columbia, is one of the nation’s leaders in diabetic amputations. The health care system for people are very limited. A shortage of medical specialists that “perform revalascularization procedures.” The article states that in the year of 2016, “South Carolina logged more than 1,900 non-traumatic, lower

The Cost of Social Isolation

Pandemic Isolation Howard Gleckman wrote a great article for Forbes about nursing home Covid survivors. It is complex and confusing because of the inherent pre-existing health conditions of vulnerable adults. Severe staffing shortages and the absence of family to assist and supervise care caused negative outcomes. “A study by Michael Barnett of the Harvard T.

Cleanliness

McKnight’s reported on a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The study found that more than 90% of “high-touch” surfaces in nursing homes have fecal matter and other organic substances. “High-touch” surfaces means handrails, doorknobs, and safety equipment. Gross. The researchers found that surfaces touched by patients and visitors were twice as

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year. Be safe tonight! New York Times published the following letters on How to Improve Nursing Home Care. The experiences of each are interesting. The Family Physician To the Editor: “How Nursing Homes Hide Their Most Serious Lapses” (front page, Dec. 10) exposes conditions in nursing homes, issues with their regulation and the

Industry Decline

Unsurprisingly, a study from UPenn researchers reveals that the use of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) significantly declined during the pandemic. The facilities were death sentences for too many vulnerable adults. SNF spending for care also declined. Featured in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, the study showed SNF use declined from an average of

Prepare for the Next Pandemic

Prepare to Prevent COVID-19 killed more nursing home residents last year than combat casualties during the combined wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. The $166 billion nursing home industry includes 15,600 skilled care facilities nationwide. The industry must do a better job with infection prevention and control. COVID-19 is not the last contagious virus

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