Infection Control in Long-Term Care Facilities, Smith, MD, New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, Ine, 1984, 341 pp.
This book is an excellent resource for health care providers working with geriatric patients or those who are employed in extended care facilities. It emphasizes the importance of basic preventive infection control measures in the provision of daily care. The book also provides a sound conceptual framework for the practitioner seeking to develop an infection control program in a long-term care facility.
The sixteen chapters were written by physicians and registered nurses with expertise in the fields of infectious diseases, infection control, epidemiology, geriatrics, and education. The book is clinically oriented and addresses a wide variety of topics related to specific problems and challenges encountered by the infection control officer. Dr. Smith and the collaborating authors present a comprehensive and clinically useful review of the effects of age on the immune system and the epidemiology and transmission of infection . The manifestations and treatment of infection are similarly addressed.
Infection Control in Long-Term Care Facilities, is a welcome addition to the literature on infection control. Acute and long-term care facilities share a number of common factors which predispose patients to nosocomial infections. By addressing these common elements, the authors introduce practitioners to the utilization of aggressive and practical measures in the prevention of events leading to infection among chronically institutionalized patients.