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Article

Publication Date

7-1-2015

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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Geriatric Nursing

Volume 36, Issue 4, July 2015, Pages 267-272.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2015.02.023. Copyright © Elsevier

Abstract

Infections have been identified as a priority issue in nursing homes (NHs). We conducted a qualitative study purposively sampling 10 NHs across the country where 6-8 employees were recruited (N = 73). Semi-structured, open-ended guides were used to conduct in-depth interviews. Data were audiotaped, transcribed and a content analysis was performed. Five themes emerged: 'Residents' Needs', 'Roles and Training' 'Using Infection Data,' 'External Resources' and 'Focus on Hand Hygiene.' Infection prevention was a priority in the NHs visited. While all sites had hand hygiene programs, other recommended areas were not a focus and many sites were not aware of available resources. Developing ways to ensure effective, efficient and standardized infection prevention and control in NHs continues to be a national priority.

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