Facts and free resources for preventing the flu in long-term care

Impacts of the flu on seniors ages 65 years and older range from an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and bacterial lung infection (i.e. bronchitis or pneumonia), as well as a negative impact on ability to function independently. Due to these increased risks, it is unlikely that a senior infected with the flu will regain his or her level of health prior to infection. Effects of the illness may even prove fatal.
Fortunately, there is …

Scientists are able to completely reverse Alzheimer’s in mice

By slowly reducing levels of the enzyme BACE1 in mice as they age, scientists at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio discovered that the formation of amyloid plaques on the brain (bits of protein build up that are believed to be at the root of Alzheimer’s disease) were either prevented or reversed. The study was published on February 14 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
BACE1 is a protein that forms naturally in the brain and helps …

Understanding phase 2 requirements for survey readiness

A thorough review and update of the implementation of Phase 2 requirements, as well as preparation tactics for survey readiness, will help long-term care providers mitigate citation risks. This review will also help providers understand what to expect as surveys transition throughout the year to the new outcome-oriented survey format.
During HCPro’s 60-minute webinar on Wednesday, March 7 from 1:00pm-2:00pm, ET, industry experts Reginald M. Hislop III, PhD, and Diane R. Hislop, RN, will review survey …

New guidelines make significant changes to management of C. Difficile

Clostridium difficile or C. diff is a deadly, treatment-resistant infection and the most important cause of healthcare-associated diarrhea. Adults who are 65 years and older and in a long-term care facilities are especially at risk for the highly contagious infection.
Earlier this year, a panel of experts was convened to update the 2010 clinical practice guidelines on C. diff infection (CDI). The panel published recommendations to improve the management and diagnosis of CDI, including the recommendation …