Between C. difficile (C. diff) string variants and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), various “Superbugs” are on the rise within senior living communities. According to a National Institute of Health (NIH)-supported study, “there are more residents in Nursing Homes than in acute care hospitals and infection is one of the top five causes of death and probably the first among preventable causes.” The study goes on to state, “Urinary tract infections, lower respiratory tract infections, gastroenteritis (including viral and bacterial etiologies), and skin and soft tissue infections are the most common infections affecting nursing home residents" (Cassone, Mody, 2015). Given their drug-resistant nature, MDROs colonize with other bacteria within the nursing home environment, creating a host of challenges for organizations nationwide. So how is this information tracked, and how can we combat this latest chain of “superbugs”?
In part one of a two-part webinar series focused on infection control best practices with the CDC, hear from Dr. Jeneita Bell as she shares some of the latest field data related to MDROs at skilled nursing and assisted living organizations collected by the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
- Review important MDROs impacting nursing homes
- Define how MDROs can be tracked using NHSN
- Describe how MDRO surveillance data can guide prevention efforts
About the Speaker
Medical Epidemiologist & Team Lead
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Jeneita Bell is a Medical Epidemiologist and Team Lead for the Long Term Care (LTC) Team in the Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion, Surveillance Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is responsible for leading a team of subject matter experts, infection preventionists, and analysts in the management of a national healthcare-associated infection surveillance program for long term care facilities. Dr. Bell completed her bachelor's degree in Human Biology at Michigan State University and her medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Her residency training was completed in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health at Morehouse School of Medicine where she also earned a Master's in Public Health. After residency, Dr. Bell completed the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) fellowship in 2012 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
*This program is pending approval by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards. For additional information, contact NAB at 1444 I St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-2210, (202)712-9040, or http://www.nabweb.org*