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.
Recommended CitationStone, Patricia W.; Herzig, Carolyn T.A.; Pogorzelska-Maziarz, Monika; Carter, Eileen; Bjarnadottir, Ragnhildur I.; Semeraro, Patricia K.; Cohen, Catherine C.; Travers, Jasmine; and Schweon, Steven, "Understanding infection prevention and control in nursing homes: A qualitative study." (2015). College of Nursing Faculty Papers & Presentations. Paper 81.
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