Infection control violations found in 15% of nursing homes

By: May 10th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

A study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control found that 15% of U.S. nursing homes receive deficiency citations for infection control.

A team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health used data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Online Survey, Certification, and Reporting data base (OSCAR),  which includes information about nursing home characteristics and deficiency citations, reports the study.

Researchers looked at data between 2000 and 2007, which provided 10,000 observations. They found 15% of nursing homes received an infection control citation each year and that citations were associated with low staffing levels.

 

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