Study: 15% of Nursing Homes Are Cited Each Year for Infection Control Violations

According to a study in the May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, about 15% of nursing homes are cited annually for deficiencies in infection control. Infections contribute to more than 380,000 deaths among nursing home residents each year.

Researchers in the study analyzed eight years of nursing home certification data looking for infection control citations. While the per-year average citation rate over the eight years was 15%, with the highest single year being 17.31% in 2007, according to the study. Researchers also found that the citations correlated strongly with low staffing levels and nursing homes' for-profit status.

Authors of the study said that biggest factor was low staffing levels. "These caregivers are likely hurried and may skimp on infection-control measures, such as hand hygiene,”  said the study. The study stressed the need for more staff training and dissemination of guidelines from organizations such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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