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ICU Management

Volume 16 - Issue 3, 2016

2016 27 Sep

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New Antibiotics for Abdominal Infections: What Can We Expect?

2016 27 Sep

Recently a number of new antibiotics or combinations for complicated ‏intra-abdominal infections have been introduced. Here we ‏review the currently available data of these new drugs and discuss ‏how they can be used in critically ill patients with complicated intraabdominal ‏infections.   Complicated intra-abdominal infections ‏(cIAI) remain one of... Read more

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Intensive Care Infection Score Fast and Cost-Effective

2016 03 Aug

The intensive care infection score (ICIS) has potential as a biomarker for infection, according to a study published in critical care. is derived from 5 blood-cell derived parameters that characterise the innate immune response in routine blood samples.Patrick J van der Geest, Erasmus Medical Center, the Netherlands, and colleagues report on the results... Read more

Executive Health Management

Early Detection System for Catheter Infections

2016 28 Apr

A research team led by the University of Bath has developed an early warning system for urinary catheter infections, a problem which can cause severe risk to patients’ health and costs the NHS an estimated £120 million per year.  Urinary catheters are used in people who have difficulty passing urine naturally and are often used during or after surgery,... Read more

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Polish Health Authority First in Europe to Recommend Antimicrobial Copper in Hospitals

2016 27 Apr

Poland’s National Centre for Quality Assessment in Healthcare (NCQA) has revised its accreditation standards for healthcare facilities to include Europe’s first official recommendation that antimicrobial copper touch surfaces are incorporated as an infection prevention and control measure. Poland’s Hospital Accreditation Programme has existed since... Read more

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Are Single-Bed Rooms Cost-Effective?

2016 06 Jan

Single-patient rooms in the ICU may be more costly to build and operate, but the resultant cost savings from reductions in nosocomial infections outweigh the additional construction and operating expenses, according to a new study published in Journal of Critical Care.Despite recent efforts to improve healthcare quality and safety, there is still considerable... Read more

Health Management

Antimicrobial Copper Touch Surfaces: Reduce Infections, Liberate Resources and Cut Costs

2016 05 Jan

The role of the environment in the transmission of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) is increasingly recognised, requiring a new approach to the selection of materials for objects frequently touched by healthcare workers, patients and visitors that can serve as reservoirs of infection. There are many technologies and materials on the market,... Read more

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Rapid Pathogen Testing With PCR/ESI-MS In Practice

2015 31 Dec

Kristoffer Strålin, MD, PhD, is Associate Professor and Senior Consultant at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Karolinska Institute is a world renowned medical university, which has the mission of improving people’s health through research and education. Together with Karolinska University Hospital, it is... Read more

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Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria in Hospitals: New Guidelines

2015 24 Nov

New guidelines on the prevention and control of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria in hospitals have been published by the Journal of Hospital Infection. These guidelines are accredited by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the UK. Gram-negative bacteria (MDRGNB) include common types such as E. coli that are present in... Read more