Healthcare-associated infections in long-term care facilities
In Europe, most long-term care facilities (LTCFs) are for the elderly, including general nursing homes, residential homes and mixed facilities. ECDC monitors the burden of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial use in LTCFs through repeated point prevalence surveys (PPSs) in EU/EEA Member States, using a standardised protocol.
The risks of acquiring a HAI can be reduced by implementing infection prevention and control (IPC) structures and processes including antimicrobial stewardship.
Directory of online resources for prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and healthcare-associated infections (HAI)
The directory lists strategies, guidance documents, training courses and research projects on the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections available online.Read more
In Europe, most long-term care facilities are for the elderly: general nursing homes, residential homes and mixed facilities. In 2013, there were around 63 224 care facilities for older adults with a capacity of around 3.6 million beds.
Surveillance of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities in the EU/EEA
ECDC has worked with EU/EEA countries to develop a methodology for regular national reporting of existing national surveillance data on COVID-19 in LTCFs, aiming for maximum feasibility. This is to enable ECDC to communicate timely information on epidemiological trends of COVID-19 in LTCFs, in support of national and EU/EEA-level preparedness and response activities.