The Preventionist

Infection Prevention for Long-term Care Nurses

Antibiotic Resistance

In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed a 12 steps campaign to prevent antimicrobial resistance in long-term care.  Step # 4 states “Broad-spectrum antibiotics must be targeted to known pathogens.” Broad spectrum antibiotics are frequently ordered in long-term care. The physician is usually not on the premises when they receive a call that […]

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Multi-drug Resistant Organisms

The CDC defines Multidrug-resistant Organisms (MDRO’s) as microorganisms that have developed resistance to multiple antimicrobial drugs; two MDRO’s we are most familiar with in Long-term Care are MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and VRE (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus). Patients, healthcare workers and visitors are potential sources of MDRO’s. They may be colonized, infected, and unknowingly transmitting resistant organisms to one […]

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