Infections Among Residents of Nursing Homes: Lessons from Wisconsin and the Recent Literature

  • William E. Scheckler


Any discussion of infections occurring among residents of nursing homes and strategies for control of those infections needs to pay attention to several important demographic factors. Population trends clearly identify a major increase in the proportion of the population aged 65 and over developing over the next 50 years, and a substantial decrease in the percentage of the population under 25 years. The current ratio of 150 females per 100 males in the 65 and over age group is expected to continue (1). There is no reason to expect that the current proportion of 5% of the 65 and over population in nursing homes will decrease, and every reason to believe it will increase as the population over 80 years of age increases. Based on these figures, about 1,750,000 people 65 and over will be residing in nursing homes in the year 2000, a 300,000 increase from today.


Nursing Home Infection Control Nursing Home Resident Acute Care Hospital Prevalence Survey 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William E. Scheckler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine and Practice and Department of MedicineUniversity of Wisconsin Medical SchoolMadisonUSA

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