Home care environments are not adequately catered for by existing infection prevention guidelines

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Commentary on: Dowding D, Russell D, Trifilio M, et al. Home care nurses’ identification of patients at risk of infection and their risk mitigation strategies: a qualitative interview study. Int J Nurs Stud. 2020;8:103617.

Implications for practice and research

  • One of the most important strategies for care of the elderly and people with chronic diseases is evidence-based infection control to improve quality of nursing care.

  • Further interventional studies needs to be conducted in order to create home-care focused guidelines based on the best evidence

Context

Growing life expectancy, increasing number of elderly individuals with chronic disease, becoming at risk of antimicrobial drug resistance and hospital infection, increasing length and costs of hospitalisation are most important reasons for establishing home healthcare centres all over the world.1–3 The majority of posthospital discharge patients require home care. These patients are at risk …

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