Search Tag: healthcare associated infections

Executive Health Management

Why Most Clinicians Work While Sick

2015 11 Jul

A recent study shows that many physicians and advanced practice clinicians (APCs), including registered nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants, report to work while being sick despite recognising this can put patients at risk. In a survey of attending physicians and APCs at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, respondents reported... Read more

Executive Health Management

Preventing Infections during Healthcare Laundry Process

2015 22 Jun

According to a review published online in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), proper laundering and handling are critical for achieving and maintaining hygienically clean quality of healthcare fabrics and textiles delivered to the point of care.Lynne Sehulster, PhD, an... Read more

ICU Management

'Good' Bacteria Could Fight Hospital Infections

2015 07 May

A new study published in JAMA has shown that drinking a non-toxic strain of Clostridium difficile bacteria could help reduce the incidence of recurrent infection caused by the toxic strains of the bacteria. C. difficile is the most common cause of healthcare-associated infection in U.S. hospitals. Recurrence occurs in 25 to 30 percent of patients, experts... Read more

ICU Management

Infection Prevention Reduces Risk of Death, Costs of Care

2015 06 Jan

Elderly patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs), who contract an infection during their stay, are about 35 percent more likely to die within five years of leaving hospital, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Preventing two of the most common health care-acquired infections – bloodstream infections caused... Read more

ICU Management

I-ACT: A Quality-Improvement Training Model

2014 10 Nov

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) contribute to significant morbidity, mortality, and economic burden in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that one in 25 patients acquires an infection related to care received in the hospital. These infections result in approximately $40 billion in annual excess healthcare... Read more

ICU Management

Study: Implementation of ICU Infection Control Practices Inconsistent

2014 30 Jan

According to a new study, the largest of its kind, U.S. hospital intensive care units (ICUs) show uneven compliance with infection prevention policies. The findings are published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC),A... Read more


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