Implementing Simple Hand Hygiene Protocols In Nursing Homes Dramatically Reduces Deadly Infections

A new study found that nursing homes which implement simple hand hygiene protocols like those used in hospitals saw significant drops in infection-related deaths as well as fewer antibiotic prescriptions needed. 

Annually, nursing homes report around 3 million infections, the leading cause of death. 

“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 the lead author of the study. For more, read the story.