Catharina Matheï, Luc Niclaes, Carl Suetens, Béatrice Jans, Frank Buntinx
Infections are very common in the setting of long-term care facilities and represent a major cause of morbidity and mortality among institutionalized elderly individuals. Some characteristics specific for the setting of a nursing home favor the spread of infectious diseases. Residents are clustered in a confined living arrangement and daily activities often take place in groups. Some residents are cognitively impaired and unable to follow basic hygiene precautions. Caregivers are often inadequately trained an…
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