This investigation sought to quantify the temporal association between population increases in seasonal influenza infections and mortality due to cardiovascular causes as well as to determine if influenza incidence indicators are predictive or cardiovascular mortality during influenza season. The researchers found that emergency department visits for adults over age 65 for influenza-like illness were associated with and predictive of cardiovascular disease mortality.

This Advisory Committee Statement includes findings from a large randomized controlled trail of people 65 and over who received a high dose vaccine compared to the standard dose vaccine. Those on the higher dose had a relatively higher serologic response and reduced influenza illness compared to those who had the standard dose but also had a higher rate of post-injection local adverse events.

The authors of this cross-sectional observational study attempted to evaluate the influence on statin therapy on the immune response to vaccination in elderly individuals. Their findings suggest that chronic synthetic statin therapy may have an immunosuppressive effect on the vaccine immune response.

Dr. David Barber, Physician of Queen's University Department of Family Medicine, gave a presentation on Infections in the Elderly: Pneumonia and UTI to health care professionals in South East Ontario on April, 12. 2016.  A copy of the pdf flyer and presentation are available below.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Project Coordinator - Karen McNeil

This half day Continuing Professional Development event will be held at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre on Wed Nov 18th 2015, 12:00pm - 4:30pm. Attendees will develop the most appropriate treatment plans & appropriate referrals for Hepatitis C & other travel diseases; utilize updated infectious disease information to implement new prescribing practices related to drug resistant infections and implement new vaccines to improve ID prevention within their primary care practice.  Register Now

Monday, January 19, 2009 to Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sustaining Interprofessional Teamwork and Shared Learning in Long-Term Care
This interprofessional quality improvement project, funded by Health Force Ontario, was aimed at improving evidence-based knowledge-to-practice resources for clinicians within Long-Term Care.  Over 18 months the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care partnered with organizations in Kingston, Ottawa, Maxville and Thunder Bay to improve the care and quality of life for residents and improve satisfaction and quality of work life for caregivers. 

Dr. David Barber, of Queen's University's Department of Family Medicine, gave an overview of Urinary Tract Infections in LTC in an online presentation to health care professionals in South East Ontario via the Ontario Telemedicine Network on November 23, 2010. A copy of the presentation in PDF format is available.


The microbiology (pathogens seen) is similar in LTC to that of community acquired pneumonia. Treatment is usually based on common organisms seen. 34% nasogastric tube fed residents commonly have Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  Almost 50% of cases, a viral infection precedes the development of pneumonia and plays a role in the pathogenesis of pneumonia.  There is a need for early detection as opposed to relying on transfer to acute care. For frail individuals in LTC homes there are potential adverse outcomes related to transfer to acute care.

Why is it important?

• The overall incidence 1-1.2 per 1,000 patient days which is 10x that of community elderly.
• 33 out of 1000 LTC residents are hospitalized versus 1.14 out of 1000 in the community
•  Delay in administration of antibiotics may lead to increased patient morbidity and mortality.
•  Initiation of antibiotics after eight hours is associated with increased mortality.
•  Inappropriate use of antibiotics may adversely affect patient outcomes and increase antimicrobial resistance.

Key Considerations

•  A number of risk factors contribute to this: older age; male; swallowing problems; inability to take oral medications;
•  Increased transmission risk associated with: malnutrition; Chronic disease; Sedative use;  Invasive devices
   (tube feeding);  Prolonged antimicrobial use
•  Environmental risks can contribute to LTC acquired pneumonia; Institution; shared staff; contacts at group activities;
    low immunization rates; excessive antimicrobial use; colonization with antimicrobial resistant organisms and co-
    existing complex care issues including: Co-morbidities such as diabetes, heart failure, chronic obstructive
    pulmonary disease, stroke and dementia

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

On its own, the presence of bacteria in the urine (bacteriuria) does not signify infection.  Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is
the presence of clinical symptoms attributed to the genitourinary tract in association with significant bacteriuria.
Asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) is defined as isolation of a specified quantitative count of bacteria in an appropriately
collected urine specimen from an individual without symptoms or signs of urinary tract infection.

Why is it important?

•  Urine of the institutionalized patient may be colonized with bacteria.
•  50% of females and 30% of males in a LTC setting have asymptomatic bacteriuria.
•  There is no evidence to support treatment of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria
•  There must be presence of bacteriuria and symptoms associated with UTIs. These symptoms are generally
    accepted to be new or increased urinary:
     i)    frequency   
     ii)   urgency
     iii)  incontinence
     iv)  flank pain or tenderness
     v)   suprapubic pain or tenderness 
     vi)  gross hematuria

Key Considerations

•  In men, decreased use of condom catheters for incontinence may be beneficial
•  If there are no white blood cells on an initial dipstick: 90% assurance that there is no UTI


1.  Abbott-McNeil, D., Barber, D., Murphy, S. and Puxty, J. (2009). Long-Term Care (LTC) Acquired Infections –
     Pneumonia.  Retrieved April 2014 from:

2.  Abbott-McNeil, D., Barber, D., Murphy, S. and Puxty, J. (2009). Acquired Infections in Long Term Care (LTC):
     Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).  Retrieved April 2014 from: