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Perceived Barriers to Infection Prevention and Control for Nursing Home Certified Nursing Assistants: A Qualitative Study

Journal Article
June 9, 2015

This journal article uses data gathered from interviews with more than 70 nursing home staff members — including administrators, nurses, and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) — to articulate the barriers experienced by CNAs to effectively implementing and maintaining infection control practices. The researchers found that CNAs experience five main barriers: language and culture differences; inadequate knowledge and training; understaffing, which leads to time constrains; insufficient accountability; and infrequent work schedules, which prevent care continuity.

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Key Takeaways

"Healthcare-associated infections, while preventable, result in increased morbidity and mortality in nursing home residents."
"Frontline personnel, such as certified nursing assistants, are crucial to successful infection prevention and control practices."
"Understanding infection prevention and control barriers may better enable nursing homes to achieve infection reduction goals."
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