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HHS Announces Effort to Fight Antibiotic Resistance in Nursing Homes

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a fourth phase of its National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination. The goal of this plan is to prevent the emergency of antibiotic resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of health care-associated resistant infections (HAIs) through antibiotic stewardship programs. The plan first addressed high-priority infections within acute care hospital settings. The next phase addressed ambulatory surgical centers and end-stage renal disease facilities, as well as increases in influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel. The third phase included long-term care facilities. Now, the focus is on developing and implementing antibiotic stewardship initiatives.

HAIs are a significant cause of illness and death in all types of healthcare facilities. They can be caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, or other less common pathogens. There are certain factors that raise the risk of HAIs, including catheters, surgery, injections, health care settings that are not properly cleaned and disinfected, communicable diseases passing back and forth patients and healthcare workers, and overuse or improper use of antibiotics. Common types of HAIs include central line-associated bloodstream infections, pneumonia, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, surgical site infections, and urinary tract infections.

As the nursing home industry continues to battle with steadily growing antibiotic resistance, the quality of care and staff members continues to become of greater concern. Antibiotic resistance can only add to other conditions in long-term care facilities that cause health problems for seniors. All too often, nursing home staff members do not properly care for their residents, which can lead directly to their injuries resulting from abuse or neglect. At Boller & Vaughan, we focus on protecting the rights of those who have suffered neglectful or abusive actions at the hands of caregivers at nursing home facilities. We have the skills and knowledge to delve into the facts your case, consider all available options, and advocate on your behalf by bringing any legal claims that you may have against the nursing home in question, or its staff members. Call your Wisconsin nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at (608) 268-0268 and schedule your free consultation today.