• Study: Hand Hygiene Interventions Can Lower LTC Mortality,  Antibiotic Use Rates  (2/18)

    Study: Hand Hygiene Interventions Can Lower LTC Mortality, Antibiotic Use Rates (2/18)

    By Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology -

     Infection prevention practices centered on hand hygiene (HH) protocols can save lives across all healthcare facilities, not just hospital settings. This includes nursing homes, according to a new study published in the February issue of theAmerican Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

    Researchers reviewed the impact of implementing a multicomponent HH program among nursing homes (NH). They found that incorporating consistent measures that prompt staff, residents and visitors to wash hands can lower mortality and antibiotic prescription rates, and increase overall hand cleaner use. This study is among the first to assess HH practices outside of the hospital setting through a randomized controlled trial.

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