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Posted on September 4, 2012 by

Hand Hygiene in Nursing Homes Needs to Improve

On August 27 the New York Times published a report citing information supplied by the Journal of Applied Gerontology focusing on hand hygiene in nursing homes. It seems that since 2002 the proper cleansing of hands after handling patients and equipment has gone down. The survey showed that hand hygiene deficiency citations had increased in some cases by up to 15% in 2009 compared to 7.4% back in 2002.

The increase of infections in hospitals and nursing homes may have the facilities under a stronger microscope than in years past but that may not be the only reason these of violations have increased. The study’s authors also cited the possible lack of training and understaffing in these facilities as contributing factors in their findings.

Nursing home neglect can come in a wide variety of forms.  Poor sanitation is just one of the many potential issues that our older loved ones may face while residing in a nursing facility. At Hoffman & Gelfman our personal injury attorneys have experience with fighting many different instances of nursing home neglect. If you suspect a family member is a victim of improper treatment at their nursing facility visit our website today to find out how our personal injury experts can help.