Dishing dirt on understaffing
Between 2000 and 2002, nursing home inspectors issued hand hygiene deficiencies in fewer than 7.4% of facilities, but that number jumped to 12% by 2009.
Investigators said facilities with proportionately fewer RNs, LPNs and aides had significantly more deficiencies. States with lower Medicaid reimbursement rates also are more likely to have hand-washing lapses.
The study appeared in the Journal of Applied Gerontology.