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Category: State HAI Prevention

Despite Progress, three-quarters of a million infections threaten hospital patients each year

Despite Progress, three-quarters of a million infections threaten hospital patients each year National and state data detail threat of healthcare-associated infections and opportunities for further improvements. CDC released two reports today – one, a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article detailing national healthcare-associated infection estimates, and the other an annual report on national and Read More >

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What Happens in the Outpatient Clinic Doesn’t Always Stay in the Outpatient Clinic: Lessons from a Regional Outbreak of Adenovirus-associated Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis (EKC)

Author – Andrew Wiese, MPH Applied Epidemiology Fellow Tennessee Department of Health CDC, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) This week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) includes a description of six separate outbreaks of Adenovirus-associated epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) in four different states. These outbreaks were mainly associated with outpatient eye care. Last August, Read More >

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California Initiative Promotes Appropriate Use of Antimicrobials in Healthcare Facilities

Author – Dr. Trivedi, California Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Initiative, California Department of Public Health. In February 2010, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) launched the country’s first statewide initiative to promote optimization of antimicrobials in healthcare facilities. In less than two years, the cutting-edge California Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) Initiative is helping California healthcare Read More >

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NY State collaborative – a groundbreaking Antimicrobial Stewardship Project for hospitals and long-term care

Author – David P. Calfee, MD, MS Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, Chief Hospital Epidemiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell in New York City The GNYHA, UHF, and NYSDOH Antimicrobial Stewardship Project While most discussions of antibiotic resistance and improving antibiotic prescribing practices (“antimicrobial stewardship”) focus on hospitals, Read More >

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Taking GRIME out of South Carolina

Author – Dixie Roberts, APRN, C, MPH Healthcare Associated Infections Coordinator South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control “He who doesn’t prevent grime when he can, encourages it” In 2007, with the knowledge that hand hygiene compliance is directly related to hospital acquired infections (HAIs), the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) launched the first Read More >

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