Elderly individuals are prone to infection threats due to weaker immune systems and complications arising from other conditions. The spread of communicable illness in a geriatric care facility can be hard to contain, and the prevalence of "superbugs" can lead to a deadly combination.
CRE and other antibiotic resistant bacteria can "colonize" patients in senior care. They may not get sick, but they can spread the germs to other seniors.
Norovirus, Rhinovirus, and Influenza can complicate the health care for an elderly individual. When nurses and staff become infected, they run the risk of spreading germs to patients, or calling in sick and reducing productivity and patient care across the facility.
"Between 11% and 59% of nursing-home residents have been “colonized” with certain types of superbugs, putting them at more risk of developing a full-blown infection, according to researchers at Columbia University School of Nursing. A person is colonized when a germ is on the skin or in the body—for example, in the nose. Although not yet infected, the person can spread the bug.
While government regulators and the public have focused on the dangers of superbugs in hospitals, how nursing homes cope with such hard-to-treat germs has received less attention.
Yet nursing-home residents are “especially susceptible” to these infections because of their age, tenuous immune systems and many ailments, according to the Columbia analysis, published this month in the American Journal of Infection Control. Merely living in a nursing home is a risk factor, the paper says."
Nursing Homes and Infection Risk
airPHX Technology in Senior Care
Deploy airPHX | HEALTH devices in common areas, clinics, and food service for
Reduced risk of infection for senior residents
- Improved health conditions for staff
Lower risks of cross-communication as seniors transfer to hospitals and back
Treatment in a common area can have benefits throughout a facility as clean air spreads through HVAC ductwork.