McKnight’s had an article about the importance of hand washing to prevent infections from spreading in nursing homes. A new study finds that — by harnessing hand hygiene methods already popular in hospitals — infections in nursing homes can be prevented. Researchers concluded that implementing simple hand-hygiene protocols in nursing homes helped drop both mortality rates and the number of antibiotic prescriptions doled out, according new study results published in the February American Journal of Infection Control.
“Hand hygiene protocols have traditionally focused on acute-care settings. Our study is changing this narrative, underscoring that we can take a proven intervention practice and make it work outside of the hospital space, by specifically adapting it to long-term settings,” said Laura Temime, lead author of the study and a professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, in Paris, in a press release.