Stopping the Spread of Bacterial Infections in Nursing Homes

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Published on March 10, 2014

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Stopping the Spread of Bacterial Infections in Nursing Homes By Yosef Meystel

Introduction • President of YAM Management of Skokie, Illinois, Yosef Meystel manages the operations of 16 nursing homes. In addition to handling day-to-day tasks, Yosef Meystel is responsible for compliance and finance functions. One of the main focuses of the state of Illinois is reducing the number of bacterial infections in nursing homes. Much like hospitals, nursing homes are a place where individuals with various illnesses are in one location. Because this increases risk for infection, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) created the “health care associated infections” initiative.

About CRE infections • The focus of the initiative is to track carbapenem- resistant Enterobacteriasceae (CRE) infections. CREs refer to a family of bacteria mainly found in the digestive system that are resistant to typical antibiotics. Last year, IDPH began working with hundreds of hospitals throughout the state to better track and understand CRE infections using a new registry. This year, the IDPH will coordinate a statewide effort to improve communication between facilities and help them develop practices to stop these infections from spreading.

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