Nursing Homes in States with Infection Control Training or Infection Reporting Have Reduced Infection Control Deficiency Citations

Published in: Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, v. 36, no. 12, Dec. 2015, p. 1475-1476

by Catherine C. Cohen, John Engberg, Carolyn T. A. Herzig, Andrew W. Dick, Patricia Stone

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Objective is to determine associations between specific state DOH activities and NH IC citation rates. It is estimated that 1.6-3.8 million infections occur among US nursing home (NH) residents each year, although healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) may be largely preventable. To reduce HAIs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) monitors NH infection control (IC) practices as part of the annual inspection survey that determines certification eligibility. Information regarding state activities to reduce infections in NHs was systematically collected from 50 states and the District of Columbia's DOH Web sites between November 2012 and January 2013.

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