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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

Engineering Safe Healthcare: Why CDC Needs Business Partnerships

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Author: Dr. Michael Bell Deputy Director, CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Working at CDC, I see how our country is doing at protecting patients during medical care.  While we’ve made some solid progress, I am still shocked when we uncover outbreaks or infection control breaches that are simple and unacceptable lapses in basic safe Read More >

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CDC launches new website for preventing infections in long term care

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Author: Nimalie Stone, MD Medical Epidemiologist CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion The past few years have brought heightened awareness of the important role of infection prevention programs and activities in long-term care settings, including nursing homes and assisted living. Navigating all the information available on infection prevention in healthcare facilities can be overwhelming, and Read More >

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

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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

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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

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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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