Focus: Infection Control

Deadly fungus must spur big changes in infection control

September 20, 2019

The best way to prepare for Candida auris is to really examine the culture around infection control in the nursing home, according to an article on the McKnight's Longterm Care News website.

According to Snigdha Vallabhaneni, M.D., a medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention DC, advised skilled care providers to treat Candida auris just the same as any other outbreak of infectious disease.

“The best way to prepare for this is to really examine the culture around infection control in the nursing home and be prepared for C. auris, just as you would be prepared for any other organism,” she said in the article. 

Bolstering infection control starts with instituting a proper hand hygiene culture, washing up and using alcohol-based hand rub for every entry and exit, and for every patient-care activity. It also means having appropriate personal protective equipment.

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