Athens Banner-Herald had an article about Georgia’s attempts to prevent infections in nursing homes. Most infections are preventable with proper infection control procedures including washing hands, changing bandages, and maintaining proper hydration and nutrition. Georgia has launched an initiative to help reduce preventable infections in nursing homes.
A division of the Department of Community Health is implementing a long-term care infection prevention and control training program to educate nursing home personnel about ways to prevent health care-associated infections in their facilities. Health officials at the national and state levels have identified the reduction of such infections as a priority.
The new initiative in Georgia includes a two-day curriculum of instructor-led, interactive sessions. In addition to receiving training in infection prevention and control, attendees also learn to develop strategies to implement and maintain an infection prevention program at their facilities.