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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

CDC and HRET Work Together to Fight Infections in Hospitals


Author: Carolyn Gould, MD, MSCR CDC Team Lead for Hospital Infection Prevention On any given day, approximately 1 in 25 hospitalized patients has a healthcare-associated infection, with an estimated 722,000 healthcare-associated infections each year, resulting in 75,000 infection-associated deaths. Ebola infection of two healthcare personnel in the U.S. in 2014 further highlighted the need to Read More >

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Clean hands stop germs: Fostering dialogue between patients and healthcare professionals

Author: Laura Buford, RN, BSN, CIC Infection Preventionist/Employee Health Nurse, Lakeway Regional Medical Center, Lakeway, Texas; APIC Communications Committee Chair Many patients or family members may not be sure what, if any, part they play in preventing infections. But there are many ways that they can help us reduce infections in and out of healthcare Read More >

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Prevention Research: Helping Hospitals Stop Spread of Bacteria, Protecting Patients and Staff


Author: John Jernigan, MD Director of the Office of Prevention Research and Evaluation, CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Every day, patients get infections in healthcare facilities while they are being treated for something else. Unfortunately, these infections can have devastating emotional, financial, and medical effects. Collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Read More >

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A Nurse’s Personal Story of Sepsis and a Healthcare-associated Infection

Sherrie Dornberger

Guest Author: Sherrie Dornberger RN, GDCN, CADDCT, CDP, CDONA, FACDONA Executive Director, National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care (NADONA) As a professional nurse turned patient, I have personally experienced the turmoil caused by poor healthcare delivery. I became a victim to a healthcare-associated infection (HAI), amongst other medical issues, while Read More >

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Incorporating Antibiotic Stewardship into the Care of Residents in Nursing Homes

Richard L. Gelula, MSW

Guest Author: Richard Gelula, MSW Executive Director, The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Among the most important responsibilities in caring for people in nursing homes and other long-term care settings is taking the time to learn what the person or resident wants and needs. This requires sufficient numbers of staff and also people Read More >

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