Nursing and rehab center reduces airborne infections, improves census with plasma technology

The challenge

The residents of Hialeah Nursing and Rehab Center (HNRC), like those at many other skilled nursing facilities, often struggle with suppressed immune systems or suffer from active chronic conditions like diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  This makes them highly susceptible to infection in the more confined community environment.

As a result, managing Healthcare-Acquired Infections (HAIs) pose a regular challenge for Emma Dial, Administrator at HNRC, due to HAIs’ high transmissibility, widespread environmental contamination and contribution to premature hospital readmission. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), infections are among the most frequent reasons long-term care patients get admitted to the hospital. Adding to this challenge is enhanced resistance – more than 70 percent of bacteria that cause HAIs are resistant to at least one of the drugs most commonly used to treat them.1

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airborne infections, Disease Management, Nursing and rehab center, plasma technology, Population Health

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