According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, inadequate staffing levels in nursing homes is increasing the number of hand hygiene deficiencies.
Researchers analyzed nursing home survey data that was collected from 2000 to 2009. Between 2000 and 2002, inspectors issued hand hygiene deficiencies in fewer than 7.4 percent of facilities. However, that number increased to 12 percent by 2009.
Nursing homes with fewer LPNs, RNs and aides had significantly more deficiencies than facilities with more staff on hand.
Also, nursing homes in states with lower Medicaid reimbursement rates are more likely to have hand-washing lapses, according to the journal.
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