Challenges of infection prevention and control in Scottish long-term care facilities

Nguyen, Le K. N. and Megiddo, Itamar and Howick, Susan (2020) Challenges of infection prevention and control in Scottish long-term care facilities. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 41 (8). pp. 943-945. ISSN 0899-823X

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    Abstract

    Residents living in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) are at high risk of contracting healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The unique operational and cultural characteristics of LTCFs and the currently evolving models of healthcare delivery in Scotland create great challenges for infection prevention and control (IPC). Existing literature that discusses the challenges of infection control in LTCFs focuses on operational factors within a facility and does not explore the challenges associated with higher levels of management and the lack of evidence to support IPC practices in this setting. 1-7 Here, we provide a broader view of challenges faced by LTCFs in the context of the current health and social care models in Scotland. Many of these challenges are also faced in the rest of the United Kingdom and internationally.