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Infection preventionist staffing in nursing homes

Published:January 05, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2019.12.010

      Highlights

      • NHs have, on average, 0.32 infection preventionist full-time equivalents on staff.
      • NH IP staffing has not changed from 2014 to 2018.
      • IP staffing increased with NH bed size.
      • IP staffing in for profit NHs dropped from 2014 to 2018.
      • Improvements in NH IP staffing are needed for improved infection control.
      Infection preventionist (IP) staffing in nursing homes (NHs) is now required as part of new federal regulations. In this study, we examined IP staffing changes from 2014 to 2018 and found relatively few changes over time. IP staffing in NHs remains low but does vary between for profit and non-profit facilities.

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