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Notice to Readers: National Nursing Home Week --- May 8--14, 2005

National Nursing Home Week, established by the American Health Care Association, honors those who promote quality of care at nursing home facilities, including residents, family members, volunteers, community, and staff. A Nursing Home Survey conducted by CDC indicated that approximately 18,000 nursing homes in the United States provide care for 1.6 million residents; 1.4 million (90%) of these residents are aged >65 years (1,2). By 2030, approximately 70 million U.S. residents will be aged >65 years, and the number of persons residing in nursing homes will increase to 3 million persons (3).

Infections, particularly respiratory and urinary tract infections, are a major cause of morbidity, mortality, and excess health-care costs among nursing home residents (4,5). To address the burden of infections among nursing homes residents, CDC launched a national educational campaign targeting clinicians who provide care to persons in long-term--care facilities. The campaign promotes 12 evidence-based practices that can reduce infections and antimicrobial resistance in nursing homes. Additional information about infections in nursing homes and the CDC 12-Step Campaign for Long-Term Care is available at http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/healthcare/ltc/12steps_ltc.htm. Information about National Nursing Home Week is available at http://www.nnhw.org.

References

  1. CDC. Nursing home care. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/nursingh.htm.
  2. CDC. The National Nursing Home Survey, 1999. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nnhsd/nnhsd.htm.
  3. Sahyoun NR, Pratt LA, Lentzner H, Dey A, Robinson KA. The changing profile of nursing home residents: 1985--1997. Aging trends, No. 4. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2001.
  4. Sneller V, Izurieta H, Bridges C, et al. Prevention and control of vaccine-preventable diseases in long-term care facilities. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2000;1(Suppl):S2--S37.
  5. Garibaldi RA. Residential care and the elderly: the burden of infection. J Hosp Infect 1999;43(Suppl):S9--S18.



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