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Pandemic Reveals Need For Nursing Facility Overhaul

On May Day, I received a confidential call from a person who works in a Massachusetts nursing facility. Many of the elders and staff are COVID positive — including herself.

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Elderly Readmitted With Same Infections They Took Home

Patients discharged home or to home care were more likely to return with a linked infection than those discharged to skilled nursing homes. 

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Georgina Morris fell ill to a particularly virulent strain of Clostridium difficile, known as C. diff, shortly after entering Astoria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sylmar, Calif., in October 2015. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)

Nursing Home Infection Lapses Rampant, But Punishment is Rare

Basic steps to prevent infections , such as washing hands, isolating contagious patients and keeping ill nurses and aides from coming to work, are routinely ignored in the nation’s nursing homes.

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Cold hard facts about upper respiratory infections

By Dr. Joseph Sliwkowski At this time of year, physicians are seeing a plethora of patients with upper respiratory infections (URI). Although rarely serious, these mostly viral infections can cause up to 40 days of misery per year. (Average person gets 2-4 URIs per year, each lasting 10 days.) Fortunately, there are proven ways to […]

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