Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jul 12, 2018 in Nursing Home News
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 to 3 million serious infections occur yearly in nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. These infections are a major cause of hospitializations and it is estimated that over 380,000 residents of these facilities die each year due to infections. Antibiotics serve a vital part in treating infections, but the use of antibiotics must be strictly monitored. Frequent use of antibiotics can lead to bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. These resistant bacteria are harder to kill and more difficult to treat, posing a greater threat to the residents of a nursing facility. If you or a loved one are in a nursing facility, please make sure the facility has adopted Antibiotic Stewardship, which is a plan for the safe and effective use of antibiotic treatment of the residents.
For more information click here: CDC factsheet