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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

Public gets early snapshot of MRSA and C. difficile infections in individual hospitals


New data posted yesterday and gathered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) gives patients a first look at how their local hospitals are doing at preventing Clostridium difficile infections (deadly diarrhea) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections.  This information, as well as other hospital performance measures, Read More >

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Good Infection Prevention Habits Don’t Just Happen


Guest Author – Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, CIC, FAAN Associate Dean for Research and Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research Columbia University School of Nursing Editor, American Journal of Infection Control Over the past few decades, especially since the ‘antibiotic era’ and the advent of increasingly technologic and sophisticated interventions, there has been less Read More >

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The Value of an Infectious Diseases Specialist


Guest Author – Steven Schmitt, MD, FIDSA Chair of the Infectious Diseases Society America’s Clinical Affairs Committee and infectious diseases physician at Cleveland Clinic We’re all well aware that infection is a major problem among hospitalized patients, sometimes arriving with infection as a reason for admission and sometimes developing infection in the hospital.  In either Read More >

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Program to Prevent Infections in Cancer Patients Hits Home


Guest Author – Lisa Splitlog   Director, CDC Value Communications CDC Foundation As a CDC Foundation staff member, I’m always proud to share with my family and friends how we help advance the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) lifesaving work through public-private partnerships that help protect our nation’s health security and contribute to Read More >

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APIC promotes “Infection Prevention and You”


Guest Author – Vicki G. Allen, MSN, RN, CIC Manager of the Infection Prevention and Control Department CaroMont Regional Medical Center This year APIC is marking International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 20-26, by launching a multiyear campaign themed "Infection Prevention and You.” The focus is to engage everyone — patients, families, and healthcare personnel — Read More >

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