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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

One Hospital, One Heart, Let’s Get Together to Control VRE (Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci)

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  Authors – Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA Associate Professor of International Health and Director of Operations Research International Vaccine Access Center Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health   Think when another hospital in a region has a vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) bacteria problem that it’s their problem and not your hospital’s problem? Think again. Read More >

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Time for change? Lessons from a trial of the Dialysis Station Routine Disinfection Checklist

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Authors – Peggy Bushey RN, CDN, Renal Services Linda Fosher, RN, Renal Services Sally Hess MPH, CIC, Infection Prevention Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington Vermont The risk of transmitting bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis C virus, in a hemodialysis unit can be high due to environmental contamination with blood. Our clinic recently participated in a “test Read More >

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Proper Environmental Disinfection: A Basic Patient Safety Expectation

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Author – Priti Patel, MD, MPH CDC, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Imagine walking into an operating room and seeing staff disinfect the room and open up sterile equipment for the next surgery while a patient is still on the table completing their procedure. Most of us would find this strange and unacceptable. Yet it Read More >

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New Guideline to Reduce Unexpected Disease Transmission Through Organ Transplantation

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Author – Matthew J. Kuehnert, MD Director, Office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new guideline to improve patient safety by reducing disease transmission through organ transplantation.  This guideline updates the 1994 U.S. Public Health Read More >

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What to tell patients when things go wrong (Part 2 of 2)

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Author – Abbigail Tumpey, MPH CHES Associate Director for Communications Science CDC, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion In my last blog, I discussed some of the emotions that patients may feel when they are notified that they were potentially exposed to an infectious disease during medical care – fear, anxiety, anger, loss of trust, and Read More >

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