Should Cutting Regulations Apply to Healthcare?

“Rather than spending quality time with their patients, the (nursing home) providers are spending time complying with regulations that get in the way of caring for their patients and doesn’t increase the quality of care they provide”, says Dr. Kate Goodrich, director of clinical standards and quality at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services[…]

Did you know bacteria can talk to each other?

The thought of superbugs scares most of us to death. Now we must think about that two may work together. And antibiotics may encourage the partnership. Researchers say we should think about bacteria as members of an antibiotic-resistant ecosystem in healthcare environments. They don’t act or respond by themselves any more. In a study of[…]

What is the value of infection prevention?

Infection prevention is on the mind of just about everyone in healthcare but that doesn’t mean Infection Preventionist (IP) don’t have to show their programs have value. Promoting the value of infection prevention programs and securing the resources necessary to ensure the continued viability of such programs has become imperative for the IP. In the[…]

Mold in Facilities: What’s the risk?

Many studies have been done to see what effect mold has on a person’s health. Findings from the studies are very similar. Health effects include eye, nose and throat irritations: headache: dizziness; dermatitis; diarrhea; and impaired or altered immune function. The severity of the problem is determined by the amount of mold ingested and length[…]

Staph is not just a Healthcare Issue

I got a call from my friend Mark on Friday afternoon.  He was very concerned about a place on this back of his leg.  I asked him to send me a picture to see if I was concerned it was staph.  I sent it to Tracy, a nurse practitioner friend, to validate.  Yes, it looked[…]

MRSA in the Community… Where is it coming from?

MRSA was once only found in patients in the healthcare setting. Over the last 20 years, it has shown up in the community. People are getting MRSA with no exposure to a healthcare system. As the number of overall MRSA cases increased, so did the prevalence of community acquired MRSA cases without an identifiable risk.[…]

Just Wash Your Hands!!

Infectious disease death trends In the US is illustrated in a recent article written by Heather Punke.  In the last 25 years, infectious diseases are responsible for 5.4% of all deaths.  I found a couple of her key points interesting. Clostridium difficile death used to be non-existent but mortality exploded reaching a plateau of 2.4/100,000[…]

What Every Patient Should Worry About… Sepsis

Sepsis is a condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs, sometimes progressing to septic shock.  Sepsis causes more hospital readmissions than any of the conditions used by CMS to levy readmission penalties on hospitals. New analysis gathered by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and[…]

Is Mold Hysteria for Real?

Indoor mold is a strong concern for many people due to the recent flooding in several states.  Mold growth is imminent if steps aren’t taken to prevent it.  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes: Mold is not usually a problem unless it grows inside.  The best way to control mold is to control moisture.[…]

The number of infections among long term care residents is unknown.

Long term care(LTC) residents are at risk of catching multi-drug resistant (MDR) infections that are easily spread within the facility.  Between 11% and 59% of LTC residents have been colonized with multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO).  The person is colonized when a germ is on the skin or in the body.  This puts them in danger[…]