Infection Control

Infection Control - Health ArchitectureFactors That Predispose the Elderly to Infection
  • Immune systems aging
  • chronic disease
  • medications
  • malnutrition
  • anatomic and functional changes
  • more exposure to infections
  • Increase risk of both acquiring and transmitting HAI's
Range of Infections:
  • respiratory infections
  • blood stream infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • skin infections
  • Health care-associated infections
Many of are transmitted by hands or spread from coughing and sneezing

Prevention
  • Keep hands clean
  • keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered
  • avoid contact with other woulds or bandages
  • avoid sharing personal items
  • routine housekeeping
Hendrick, Eddie. "Infections of Interest in Long Term Care." State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Web. 26 Oct. 2010. <http://www.dhss.mo.gov/SeniorServices/InfectionControlinLongTermCare.pdf>.

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