Essential IPC Key Performance Indicators a Nursing Home should be tracking

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Infection prevention and control (IPC) is a critical part of maintaining a safe environment for residents and staff in a nursing home. Monitoring IPC key performance indicators (KPIs) helps identify potential issues and areas for improvement, ensuring that the residential care facility operates at the highest standard of infection prevention.

In this blog, we will discuss essential infection control KPIs that nursing homes should closely monitor to promote the well-being and safety of their residents.

IPC Key Performance Indicators

IPC and Antimicrobial Stewardship related Key Performance Indicators should be set as part of the residential care centre’s Infection Prevention and Control Programme. These KPIs must reviewed on an ongoing basis by the IPC Team and reported to the Senior Management Team monthly. They should also be reviewed as part of the Quality Improvement and Resident Safety Programme.

Below is a sample of IPC KPIs that a nursing home should consider monitoring. Areas such as surveillance, vaccinations, hand hygiene, PPE usage, education and training and antimicrobial stewardship are all key areas to monitor.

IPC, surveillance and reporting KPIs:

PPE and Hand Hygiene KPIs:

IPC Education and Training KPIs:

Antimicrobial Stewardship KPIs:

Guidance for Preparing KPIs

When writing a KPI, it is important to include:


Monitoring IPC KPIs is essential to ensure a safe and healthy environment for residents. By diligently tracking these metrics, nursing homes can identify strengths and weaknesses in their infection control practices, allowing them to implement targeted interventions and continuously improve their standards of care. Prioritising infection control not only protects vulnerable residents but also demonstrates a commitment to providing the highest quality of care in the nursing home setting.

At HCI we help providers of health and social care make intelligence driven decisions to attain, manage and improve quality, safety and regulatory compliance. We have been implementing Quality and Safety Management Systems in health and social care organisations for almost two decades. Our Quality and Safety Specialists have extensive experience in developing and monitoring IPC KPIs as well as undertaking data validation through independent programmes of Infection Prevention and Control. Our team can also help you to identify and implement the appropriate QIPs to drive quality improvement and promote resident safety.

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