July–August, 2015Volume 36, Issue 4, Pages 267–272
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.’ I
nfection 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.