McKnights Long-Term Care News: MDROs Setting Up Residence
McKnights Long-Term Care News recently published an article written by PDI Director of Clinical Affairs Debra A. Hagberg, MT(ASCP), CIC, entitled, MDROs setting up residence: The role of the contaminated environment in long-term care, which discusses the importance of infection prevention in long-term care. It is essential that a facility take steps to ensure a high level of infection prevention to protect its residents.
Excerpt from the article:
Bundled or layered interventions (i.e., addressing patient, environment, and healthcare worker with appropriate products, protocols, and education) have worked well in acute care settings with designated guidance for reductions in central line-associated bloodstream infections, surgical site infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
However, long-term care settings present different challenges and, therefore, require creative solutions using the success of the acute care layered strategy in a modified manner. The call to action is to take advantage of lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and forge ahead, focusing on a variety of methods to help eliminate MDRO presence from the LTC environment.