About 15% of US Nursing Homes Have Poor Infection Control

A new research study reveals that about 15% of nursing homes in the US have poor infection control practices. Infections are one of the leading causes of death and illness in nursing homes, claiming about 400,000 lives each year.

Nursing homes are eligible to get reimbursement from Medicaid and Medicare, only if they meet certain quality standards. They are given deficiency citations if they do not meet the required standards.

The American Journal of Infection Control in its May issue analyzed deficiency citations issued to US nursing homes from 2000 to 2007. It found that every year about 15% of nursing homes did not meet the standards for infection control.

The researchers opine that the lax infection control standards in these nursing homes are due to inadequate staffing levels. This research highlights the need to implement effective programs to prevent infection and protect senior citizens. Many states already have laws to ensure effective infection control practices in nursing homes.

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