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Infections in Long-Term Care


Infections in Long-Term Care

University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Margo Schilling, MD, PhD
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
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This product is part of the GeriaFlix series at the University of Iowa. GeriaFlix are multidisciplinary presentations on topics in clinical geriatrics. Presented in a streaming digital video format with synchronized slides, each presentation lasts approximately 1 hour.

In this presentation, Dr. Schilling will describe the atypical presentation of common infections in nursing home elders. More broadly, she will describe the principles of infection control, as well as discuss the most effective methods of preventing infections and outbreaks. The problem that antimicrobial-drug resistant microorganisms pose in infection control will be treated. Dr. Schilling will also outline the management of respiratory tract infection outbreaks in nursing homes. Of the common infections, respiratory tract infections, particularly pneumonia, pose the greatest threat to nursing home elders.

GeriaFlix presentations are available online, both to accredited medical education institutions for use with students, residents, and fellows. For more information about the GeriaFlix series, go to GeriaFlix are also available to practicing physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners for CME or CEU credit. To receive continuing education credit, you must register for the Geriatric Lecture Series. For more information, go to

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This product is part of a series of digitized lectures devoted to topics in clinical geriatrics designed to teach important principles in the management of older persons. By using this lecture series, learners will be able to improve their overall knowledge about managing common geriatric syndromes; understand the unique health care needs of older patients, differences in the management of common clinical conditions, and how physiologic changes associated with aging impact management; develop a working knowledge of important legal and ethical issues associated with end-of-life care; and understand and apply principles of the multi-disciplinary geriatric assessment.

The learning objectives of this particular digitized presentation are:

  1. Describe the atypical presentation of common infections in nursing home elders.
  2. Understand the principles of infection control in nursing homes.
  3. Outline management of respiratory infection outbreaks in nursing homes.
  4. Discuss the significance of the problem of antibiotic resistance in infections acquired by nursing home elders.
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