Infection control should be a top priority within any organization, but especially in long-term care settings. As baby boomers continue to age, more patients will enter these facilities. Often times, long-term care patients have compromised immune systems due to age, making them more susceptible to contracting serious infections.One strategy for reducing the risk of spreading infections is creating a comprehensive respiratory protection program. Such a program helps organizations protect their staff if they are exposed to airborne pathogens, such as tuberculosis. Despite OSHA requirements, most long-term care facilities do not have a program in place, believing the risk of spreading serious infections is minimal.
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