Urinary tract infections are the most frequently diagnosed healthcare-acquired infections among residents in nursing homes, Norwegian research suggests.
The authors recorded the incidence of HCAIs in six homes over six months. The overall infection incidence was 5.2 per 1,000 residents per day. Urinary tract infections were most common, with an incidence of 2 followed by lower respiratory infections with an incidence of 1.4.
They added that patients who were confined to their beds, had chronic heart disease, urinary incontinence, an indwelling urinary catheter or skin ulcers were those most at risk.
Journal of Hospital Infection (2007) doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2006.11.011