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Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Guide to the Control of Respiratory Infection Outbreaks in Long-Term Care Homes

The flu can be an ongoing threat in long term care homes all year round, but during the fall through early spring outbreaks of respiratory infections are a higher risk. Outbreaks lead to significant rates of morbidity and mortality amongst the long-term care home (LTCH) residents. LTCH residents are more susceptible to acute respiratory infections because of potentially weakened immune systems as a result of chronic illnesses and decreased lung capacity. Institutional settings are also a contributing factor to outbreaks.

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care developed a guide including resources and recommendations to assist health care providers in long-term care settings prevent infection and control outbreaks among residents. 

The guide can be accessed here:

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