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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

Norovirus Prevention in Healthcare Settings

Author: Taranisia MacCannell, PhD, MSc Epidemiologist in CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Norovirus is a common cause of gastroenteritis, inflammation of the stomach and small and large intestines, that can include symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Approximately 21 million illnesses caused by norovirus are estimated to occur each year in the Read More >

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New Online Training Video to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections

Author – Don Wright, M.D., M.P.H. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Healthcare Quality U.S. Department of Health and Human Services At any given time, one in 20 patients in the U.S. has a hospital-acquired infection – leading to the loss of tens of thousands of lives and costing the healthcare system billions of dollars each year. Read More >

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Hand Hygiene CAN Save a Patient’s Life

Author – Victoria Nahum Co-Founder and Director Safe Care Campaign (Atlanta, Georgia) My name is Victoria Nahum. Almost 5 years ago, my husband Armando and I learned the hardest lesson of our lives. We learned that losing our 27 year old son Joshua to a healthcare-associated infection didn’t have to happen; even worse, his untimely Read More >

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Taking GRIME out of South Carolina

Author – Dixie Roberts, APRN, C, MPH Healthcare Associated Infections Coordinator South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control “He who doesn’t prevent grime when he can, encourages it” In 2007, with the knowledge that hand hygiene compliance is directly related to hospital acquired infections (HAIs), the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) launched the first Read More >

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Hand Hygiene: Back to Basics in Infection Prevention

Author – Kate Ellingson, Ph.D. CDC Epidemiologist CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotiona Hand hygiene is a simple practice that has been at the core of infection prevention for over 150 years. Yet getting healthcare personnel to follow recommended hand hygiene practices in today’s complex and demanding healthcare environment continues to be a monumental challenge. Read More >

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