CMS can do better on infection prevention and control

Of the more than four million people in U.S. nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 380,000 die because of healthcare-associated infections annually. In an effort to reduce that alarming number, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services included changes in infection prevention and control in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities as part of its larger proposed “mega rule” to improve overall quality and safety requirements. This represents a significant step because much has changed in the infection-control landscape since CMS last updated its guidance 23 years ago.

In addition to infections harming residents, nursing facility staff is often occupationally exposed to infectious diseases. The most common routes of infectious disease transmission in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities are contact and droplet. Contact transmission can be sub-divided into direct and indirect contact. Direct contact transmission involves the transfer of infectious agents to a susceptible individual through physical contact with an infected individual. Indirect contact transmission occurs when infectious agents are transferred to a susceptible individual when the individual makes physical contact with contaminated items and surfaces.
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Simply put when you make infection prevention a priority you in turn reassure parents, guardians and the community at large that you are committed to reducing communicable diseases & controlling the spread of harmful pathogens that cause infectious diseases….

Frank J. Brown
CEO/COO, IPC Environmental Solutions LLC.

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