Infection control should be a top priority within any organization, but especially in long-term care settings. As baby boomers continue to age, more patients will enter these facilities. Often times, long-term care patients have compromised immune systems due to age, making them more susceptible to contracting serious infections.
One strategy for reducing the risk of spreading infections is creating a comprehensive respiratory protection program. Such a program helps organizations protect their staff if they are exposed to airborne pathogens, such as tuberculosis. Despite OSHA requirements, most long-term care facilities do not have a program in place, believing the risk of spreading serious infections is minimal.
In this recent ADVANCE for Long-Term Care Management article, A Respiratory Protection Program: Why you need it and what it entails, Richard Best describes the importance and key components of a respiratory protection program to help long-term care facilities remain compliant, effectively mitigate risk and protect their patients and staff. Best also discusses how organizations can use resources provided by OSHA and the CDC to develop an effective, efficient program, shielding staff and patients against airborne infection.
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