Responding to Infection Risks in Care Home Settings

Care centers need to be vigilant about preventing transmissible infections. In settings where residents are in close proximity to one another and sharing common facilities, it is imperative that providers do everything reasonably possible to protect a population of residents with preexisting health conditions or increased susceptibility to serious infection due to advanced age.

Combatting New Threats

Clostridium difficile is among the most dangerous hospital-acquired illnesses. A bacteria infects the colon, and patients can experience extreme dehydration, permanent intestinal damage, or even death. 

A new deadlier strain of c. diff is accounting for a growing percentage of infections. Enhancing sanitation procedures and ensuring all patients take probiotics whenever there is an outbreak may be strategic precautions.

Recognizing the Importance of Training

It is important that frontline staff have a thorough understanding about the importance of infection prevention initiatives. Training sessions should include practical examples of what staff need to do in their individual job roles to reduce patients’ risk of exposure to viral or bacterial germs. 

Infection hazards in a care home setting can present significant challenges. Facilities’ policies and procedures aimed at prevention must be comprehensive but adaptive in order to effectively protect patients from isolated outbreaks of transmissible infection as well as public health emergencies affecting the general population.