Published: May 4th, 2011 • One Comment
Nursing home infections are a problem at 15% of all elderly care centers in the U.S., according to a new study, which may be a direct result of low staffing levels.
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh conducted an infection control study on how frequently nursing homes received citations for a lack of good infection control and found that staffers commonly shirk good infection control policies, likely for the sake of expedience. The researchers published their findings in the May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
The researchers found that low staffing levels often led to employees hurrying and failing to wash their hands and take other infection control measures required by nursing home regulations. Some estimate that nursing home infections cost the lives of nearly 400,000 residents per year.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 1.5 million long-term care and nursing home infections each year.