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Long-Term Care Facility Resources

Toolkits to prevent and address outbreaks in long-term care facilities

HEALTH WARNING: WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches may contain lead

October 28, 2023: The FDA advises parents and caregivers not to buy or feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to children because the product may contain elevated lead levels. There is no safe level of lead in the blood for children, and even low levels can have lifelong health impacts, including damage to the nervous system and learning, hearing and speech problems. Parents and caregivers of toddlers and young children who may have consumed the product should contact their child’s health care provider about getting a blood test. Read the FDA's alert for more information.

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Washington County Public Health’s Disease Control and Prevention Program (DCAP) works with long-term care facilities to prevent the start and spread of infectious diseases among health care personnel and residents. For more information about any of the resources below, call 503-846-3594.

Interim Summary of Long-Term Care Facility Infection Control for COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Pathogens

Influenza Infection Prevention and Control (PDF 2.6 MB)
For health care personnel and resident training and education (slides from PowerPoint presentation)

Burnout, moral distress and compassion fatigue

A career spent helping and caring for others can be fulfilling and meaningful, but the wear and tear of the daily challenges working in long-term care facilities can add up. We are often asked to step in to extreme and traumatic situations, provide help to our most vulnerable, and navigate through unsympathetic systems. We all want to provide the best possible service for our clients, but at what cost? Learn about burnout, moral distress and compassion fatigue. This session will help you learn the difference between the three, how to recognize symptoms, and how we know when it’s time to make a change.

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