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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

New guidelines to prevent catheter-related infections

Guest Author – Naomi O’Grady, MD National Institutes of Health Medical Director, Clinical Center’s Vascular Access and Conscious Sedation Services. Recently, hospital-acquired infections have become an important benchmark of hospital quality and patient safety. Many hospitals are now being required to report patient safety data, and some of this data includes infection rates. I am Read More >

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Media Reports about Drug-Resistant Infections

Author – Arjun Srinivasan, MD CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion You probably have seen the media reports this week about drug-resistant infections in California healthcare facilities, specifically those in Los Angeles County. What we know, however, is that carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) actually exists in at least 36 states. Originally identified in 1999, CRKP Read More >

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New Clinical Guidelines for MRSA Treatment

Author – Dr. Catherine Liu Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) – both healthcare- and community-associated – has become an enormous public health problem. MRSA is responsible for about 60 percent of skin and soft tissue infections seen in emergency rooms, and invasive MRSA kills about 18,000 Read More >

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$10 Million Dollars to Save Countless Lives

Author – John Jernigan, M.D. CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Today, I am proud to announce that my office is awarding $10 million for new research to five academic medical centers as part of our Prevention Epicenter grant program.  This program supports efforts to develop and test innovative approaches to reducing infections in healthcare Read More >

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Infections in ICUs Plummeting, Too Many Remain in Hospitals and Dialysis Clinics

Author – Arjun Srinivasan, MD CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion As you know, bloodstream infections in patients with central lines can be deadly, killing as many as 1 in 4 patients who gets them. The newest edition of the CDC Vital Signs reports a major decrease in central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive Read More >

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