Lack of Hand Washing in Nursing Homes Puts Patients at Risk

By | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Regular hand washing is one of the most important things nursing home staff can do to keep patients healthy and safe. Sadly, research shows that many staff members are leaving out this important step before caring for their patients. This development puts patients at risk for infections, which, in many cases, may be life threatening. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid prescribe the hand-washing requirements that nursing home staff must follow. For example, staff members must wash their hands before assisting residents with tasks such as brushing their teeth, bathing or using the bathroom. However, some of the requirements for…

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