Could education prevent the overuse of antibiotics for UTIs?

A study recently published in the Annals of Long-Term Care found that a checklist and certain other care and training interventions lowered the risk of UTIs and over-treatment of UTIs with antibiotics. Results of the study were presented at the American Geriatric Society 2018 Annual Scientific Meetings in Orlando, FL.
The study is part of a Geriatric Fellowship program at Florida Hospital. The study found that a urinalysis is often requested by family or the care …

Fine tune your antibiotic stewardship methods by November deadline

Prior to the publication of CMS’ final rule on October 4, 2016, which heavily revised many Conditions of Participation (CoP) for Medicare, the agency’s infection control regulation included language about preventing the threat of multi-drug-resistant organisms and creating strategies for effective review of antibiotic use in long-term care facilities to avoid negative, sometimes deadly, effects of resistance. Now, this revised section of the rule addresses antibiotic stewardship efforts directly, and requires providers to take a …

Is it Dementia, or is it a treatable condition?

Sudden changes in mood, memory, personality, or behavior are not typical of a cognitive disease progression and may instead indicate the presence of something treatable. All too often, however, when a person has dementia, the care team is quick to blame the disease progression for every other thing that goes wrong. If a resident hits a staff member, they assume he did so because “he has dementia.” If another resident struggles to eat, staff are …

ACTIVE study proves that speed-of-processing training could reduce risk of developing dementia

Analysis from a study, called the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE), has concluded that a computer-based brain exercise called “speed-of-processing training” could cut the risk of developing dementia by as much as 48%. The staggering statistics prove for the first time a cognitive training intervention has been shown to protect against dementia. Speed-of-processing training involves computer exercises that get users to visually process information more quickly.
The study was funded by the …