Nursing Home Facilities Still Not Washing Hands Properly

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released coronavirus-related facility surveys and discovered that 36% of these facilities do not follow proper hand-washing protocols. These inconsistencies put residents and other staff in danger.

Coronavirus Protection

Hand hygiene is the most essential part of stopping the spread of coronavirus. The Standard Transmission-based Precautions recommends the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol as the preferred form of hand hygiene. The updated guidelines from the CDC also recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) when interacting with residents. However, the new CMS study shows that many facilities aren’t doing any of these protective measures.

Absence of Hand-Washing in Nursing Facilities

Nursing homes have a tendency of quickly spreading disease due to close quarters of residents. This is why the CMS has strong safety guidelines. However, when they are not followed, residents get hurt. Currently, elderly people are the most susceptible to COVID-19. Therefore, when staff is not practicing safe handwashing, the virus can quickly spread.

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