Category: Infections

Infections are a common cause of death in nursing homes. Every year between 1.5 million and 3.5 million nursing home residents contract an infection.

Nursing Home–Acquired Pneumonia (NHAP)

Nursing home–acquired pneumonia (NHAP) is any pneumonia infection that is contracted by anyone living in a nursing home or other long-term care facility. Nursing home–acquired pneumonia (NHAP) is very dangerous.…
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Nursing Home Diabetic Care Complications

Diabetes Basics To fuel our bodies, most of the food (particularly carbohydrates) we eat is turned into glucose (also commonly referred to as blood sugar).  Glucose is very important for…
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Respiratory Tract Infections—Pneumonia and Influenza

People ages 65 years and older are very susceptible to contracting and dying from pneumonia and the flu. In fact, people ages 65 years and older account for 71% to…
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Gastrointestinal Infections— C. difficile

C. difficile spores are resilient and very difficult to kill and remove from these surfaces. Detergent-based cleaners are not capable of killing C. difficile spores. Nursing homes must use a…
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Nursing Home Bedsores Causing Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis Symptoms, Diagnosing and Treatment Osteomyelitis is a bone infection that is commonly associated with bedsores. It may seem as if bones are pretty inaccessible to foreign objects like bacteria;…
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Bedsores Resulting in Foot Amputations

Complete or partial foot amputations are typically performed as a result of injury or trauma, infection, ischemia, birth defects, disorders (such as Toxic Shock Syndrome), diabetes, or a combination. They…
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Nursing Home Bedsore Stages

The Five Stages of Bedsores Bedsores, pressure sores and decubitus ulcers are break downs in skin that create flesh type wounds. They are caused by prolonged periods of pressure which…
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Pressure Sores (Bedsores, Pressure Ulcer, Decubitus Ulcers)

The Elderly Are Susceptible to Painful, Even Deadly Sores, Ulcers, and Infections The elderly nursing home population is very susceptible to developing pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, pressure sores…
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Nursing Home Urinary Tract Infections

Nursing Home Patient Urinary Tract Infections May Be a Warning Sign of Negligent Care or Sexual Abuse Many nursing home facilities are chronically understaffed. Lack of staff leads to lack…
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