Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Survey Finds Long-Term Care Facilities Deficient in Infection Control

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Survey Finds Long-Term Care Facilities Deficient in Infection Control

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A workgroup in HCFA's Boston Regional Office (Region I), Division of Health Standards and Quality, identified nosocomial infections (infections acquired in a health care facility) as a problem and undertook a study of the problem, finding almost one-third of surveyed long-term care (LTC) facilities deficient in at least one infection-control standard of care.

The study began with a review of infection-control programs and practices of 22 LTC facilities in New England from June 1993 through May 1994. The data gathered were based on the Federal LTC infection-control requirements.

Results from the 22 Federal surveys revealed 7 (32 percent) of the 22 LTC facilities to be deficient in at least one standard of care for infection control. Three LTC facilities were judged to have serious problems with their infection-control program. It was determined that 11 percent of Region I LTC facilities surveyed have had one or more problems in the area of infection control. The Federal requirement that "the facility must establish an infection control program under which it...investigates, controls and prevents infections in the facility" was not being followed in 53 percent of these facilities. Data from Vermont revealed that pneumonia and viral infections were within the top 10 hospital admission diagnoses for patients who transferred from a skilled nursing facility. …

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