Infection prevention and control programs protect residents from preventable harm, injury, and death. Despite strong regulatory requirements to safeguard residents, infections continue to be a leading cause of death and needless suffering for nursing home residents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are an astounding 1.6 to 3.8 million infections in nursing homes and other long-term care set each year, with 388,000 residents dying due to health care-associated infections. Preventable reasons for the spread of infection include deficient nursing home practices, such as staff not washing their hands or sterilizing equipment before providing resident care.
Below is a link to a list of all of the nursing homes in the country that have received a citation for failing to provide sufficient infection prevention and control safeguards for their residents in the last several years. Individual state files can also be accessed by clicking the links below. These data were downloaded from data.medicare.gov on March 2, 2020, and include surveys from 2017 to 2019. Files are searchable by facility name, city, state, and zip code.
For more information about this critical issue, please see our Issue Alert: Infection Control & Prevention, as well as our News Alert: Protecting Vulnerable Residents From Coronavirus and Fact Sheet: Infection Prevention and Control.