Long-term care residents are at increased risk of infections for many reasons. As more people enter long-term care communities following hospital stays, communities are providing more hands-on, complex medical care to residents, such as wound care and maintenance of indwelling devices, which can lead to increased exposure to bacteria and infection. The shared living environment of a long-term care community can allow the spread of easily transmissible viral infections which cause respiratory or gastrointestinal infections among both staff and residents.
Gastrointestinal infections from Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) are a major problem across U.S. healthcare settings. Although at one time most of these infections occurred in hospitals, now over 75% of C. diff infections are first identified outside of the hospital setting. Long-term care communities are among the most common places where C. diff infections can happen.
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