Infection Control Assessments Reveal Significant Gaps in Long-Term Care Facilities
June 30, 2017 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
Although infection control programs are essential to preventing healthcare-associated infections, many facilities lack the resources and qualified personnel needed to manage effective prevention programs, according to research presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Forty-three long-term care facilities in Tennessee and Washington were assessed using a tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify gaps in program infrastructure, hand hygiene, and personal protective equipment. In both states, many infection control officers received "little-to-no formal training" and "lacked foundational skills for proper infection prevention."