With the average lifespan increasing, there is a need for greater resources for the elderly, including long term care facilities and in-home care.
Home health care and long-term care facilities, including rehabilitation facilities, hospice care and nursing homes, are predisposed to exposure from a variety of environmentally transmitted diseases. In these types of environments, Staphylococcal infections (including MRSA) and other diseases are relatively easy to transmit not only from patient to patient, but also from patient to staff and from patient to visitors and visa-versa.
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as other public health agencies, along with other professional health care associations strongly recommend that these facilities employ a program that includes an infection prevention program. Such a program includes, among others, a regular hand-washing program using FDA approved products and the routine cleaning and disinfection of environmental fixtures and patient care equipment surfaces. Products used for this purpose must be EPA registered and approved by each individual state.