Search Tag: Infections

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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... Read more

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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,... 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... Read more

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Copper Can Prevent Respiratory Virus Spread

2015 14 Nov

Copper can effectively help to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, which are linked to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), according to researchers from the University of Southampton in the UK. Their study shows that while human coronavirus 229E — closely related to animal coronaviruses that "host... Read more

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MSSA More Common than MRSA in NICUs

2015 19 Oct

New research reveals that invasive methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (S aureus) infection (MSSA) caused more infections and more deaths in hospitalised infants than invasive methicillin-resistant S aureus infection (MRSA). The findings, reported in JAMA Pediatrics , could help to inform the adoption of infection control measures that include... Read more

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New Device Promises Rapid Molecular Diagnosis

2015 15 Sep

A team of engineers and scientists at the University of Arizona has developed a new diagnostic device that could reduce the amount of time necessary to diagnose tissue infections. The device's novel approach to molecular diagnostics, called DOTS qPCR, is faster, more efficient and less expensive than methods currently being used in clinics, according... Read more

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Clothing in NICU may Spread Respiratory Infections

2015 28 Aug

New research shows that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can be detected from the clothes worn by caregivers/visitors who are visiting infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The finding was presented at the International Conference on Emerging and Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, Georgia.   RSV is the leading cause of childhood respiratory... Read more

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C. diff Colonisation and Risk for Subsequent Infections

2015 18 Aug

According to Johns Hopkins researchers, patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) for Clostridium difficile infection were at risk for developing subsequent C. difficile infections. Their finding is reported in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology . “Importantly in this study, colonisation with toxigenic C. difficile on admission... Read more