Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality

July 2017 Issue of Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality

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100 Patient Safety Benchmarks | 2017
Benchmarking data is valuable for hospital and health system leaders to measure their organizations against their peers to discover areas of excellence and assess opportunities for improvement. Click here to continue >>



Dr. Don Berwick: 5 Big Missteps on the Patient Safety Journey
While the patient safety movement has made great strides since the late 1990s, the healthcare industry has veered off the path at a few points along the way, according to Don Berwick, MD. Click here to continue >>



What Happens When a Hospital NICU Goes Handshake-Free?
In an attempt to quell the spread of germs, two UCLA Medical Centers instituted so-called handshake-free zones in their neonatal intensive care units. Click here to continue >>


IHI’s Dr. Tejal Gandhi: ‘We Have to Address Safety With a Total Systems Approach’
In a recent interview with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement blog, Tejal Gandhi, MD, the new chief clinical and safety officer with IHI, said a total systems approach to patient safety is the future of the movement. Click here to continue >>

Study: OR Doors Open 13.4 Times per Hour During Surgery, Raising Air Particulate Counts
A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control examined operating room airflow, which can increase contamination risks during surgery. Click here to continue >>

Occupying C. diff-Contaminated Hospital Areas Significantly Increases Infection Risk
When a patient is in a hospital area previously occupied by someone with a Clostridium difficile infection, that patient is much more likely to develop a C. diff infection, according to a study presented at Hospital Medicine 2017. Click here to continue >>

Researchers Tracked Germs From Day 1 at a New Hospital — Here’s What They Found
By the time the University of Chicago’s Center for Care and Discovery opened in February 2013, researchers had already been swabbing the hospital for two months, with the aim of learning how germs spread through a hospital’s environment. Click here to continue >>

Legionnaires’ Disease is Still a ‘Widespread’ Problem for Hospitals, CDC Study Finds
Healthcare-associated Legionnaires’ disease cases are still a common occurrence, and hospitals need to monitor their water systems and prevent growth of bacteria that cause the deadly disease, according to a CDC study released June 7. Click here to continue >>

CMS Memo: Hospitals Must Develop Water Management Policies to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease
A survey and certification memo released by CMS June 2 says hospitals and other healthcare facilities “must develop” policies to inhibit Legionella growth in water systems to prevent Legionnaires’ disease cases. Click here to continue >>

Study Links Bacterial Outbreak in Hospital NICU to Contaminated Tap Water
A study published in May in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology links a 2013-2014 Pseudomonas aeruginosa outbreak in a hospital neonatal intensive care unit to contaminated hospital tap water. Click here to continue >>

AORN Experts Respond to Study on Bouffant Use and SSI RatesAORN Experts Respond to Study on Bouffant Use and SSI Rates
Experts from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses sent a letter to the editor of the journal Neurosurgery in response to a study published in the journal that found use of bouffant caps does not impact surgical site infection rates. Click here to continue >>

Mandatory Use of Bouffant Caps Does Not Impact SSI Rates, Study Shows
Eliminating the use of traditional surgical skull caps in favor of bouffant caps does not reduce the rate of surgical site infections, according to a study published in Neurosurgery. Click here to continue >>

Hot Weather Can Increase SSI Incidence by Nearly 30%
A new study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology links high temperatures to an increase in risk of surgical site infection-related hospitalizations. Click here to continue >>

Hot or Cool: Water Temperature Does Not Impact Bacteria Removal During Hand-Washing, Study Shows
Cool water is as effective as hot water for removing harmful bacteria, according to a study conducted by researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick (N.J.). Click here to continue >>

To Up Patient Compliance With Hand Hygiene, Consider Ease of Use, Study Says
Hand hygiene is an important aspect of infection prevention in any care setting, and patients are no exception. Click here to continue >>


The Case for Simplification: How Hospitals Can Get Clinicians Back to the Bedside
Tasked with the need to comply with a vast body of changing regulations and the ever-shifting payer requirements for maximum reimbursement, hospitals have implemented a heavy load of clinical and operational policies in the name of compliance. Click here to continue >>


Cluster of Uncommon Superbug Strain Found in Houston
Scientists from the Houston Methodist Research Institute using genome sequencing found that more than one-third of Houston Methodist patients studied were infected with a rare Klebsiella pneumoniae strain. Click here to continue >>

WHO Updates Guidance on ‘Last Resort’ Antibiotic Use
The World Health Organization updated its list of essential medicines June 5, including the biggest revision of the antibiotic section since the Essential Medications List was first written 40 years ago. Click here to continue >>

S. aureus Becoming More Susceptible to Antibiotics, Study Suggests
Staphylococcus aureus’ susceptibility to antibiotics appears to increasing, according to a study presented June 4 at the American Society of Microbiology’s ASM Microbe 2017 conference in New Orleans. Click here to continue >>

When Used Together, Otherwise Ineffective Antibiotics Can Eradicate Superbugs
In the fight against deadly superbugs, combinations of antibiotics may provide a strong defense. Click here to continue >>

Blood Cultures, Antibiotic Stewardship Lowers S. aureus Patient LOS by 3 Days
Researchers examined the impact of quick identification of pathogens using blood cultures and antibiotic stewardship on rates of S. aureus bacteremia at a community hospital. Click here to continue >>

Henry Ford Health System Starts Phasing Antibiotic-Free Poultry Into Cafeterias
In the interest of combating the growth of antibiotic resistance, Henry Ford Health System in Detroit is working to serve only antibiotic-free poultry to patients, employees and visitors at its five hospitals. Click here to continue >>

Unnecessary Antibiotic Use in Pediatric Care Can Be Cut Down With Enhanced Communication
Improving communication between parents and healthcare providers can help reduce the use of unnecessary antibiotics in pediatric care, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research. Click here to continue >>

Antibiotics Ineffective for Nearly 25% of Pneumonia Patients
Nearly 25 percent of adult patients treated for pneumonia with antibiotics in an outpatient setting do not respond to the treatment, suggest the findings from a study presented during the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference held in Washington, D.C., from May 19 to May 24. Click here to continue >>

Scientists Reengineer Vancomycin to Fight Superbugs
A team of scientific researchers modified the last-resort antibiotic vancomycin to improve its ability to fight Enterococci bacteria, according to a study published in PNAS Plus. Click here to continue >>

Antibiotics Often Avoidable for UTI Treatment, Says Johns Hopkins Physician
Prescribing antibiotics to older adults with urinary tract infections may often be avoidable, according to a research paper penned by Thomas Finucane, MD, of the Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Center in Baltimore and published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics SocietyClick here to continue >>


Opioids in America: 6 Things to Know About the Evolution of an Epidemic
The misuse of opiates — heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and fentanyl, among others — represents one of the leading causes of accidental death in the U.S. Click here to continue >>

How a 101-Word Letter in an Academic Journal Helped Fuel the Opioid Epidemic
A one-paragraph letter to the editor published in a 1980 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine may have played a much larger role in contributing to the opioid epidemic than researchers previously believed, according to a recent report cited by The Los Angeles Times. Click here to continue >>

HHS Makes $70M in Grants Available to Address Opioid Epidemic
HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, said May 31 the agency will offer more than $70 million in grants designed to curb rates of opioid-related deaths and expand access to treatment for opioid addiction. Click here to continue >>

20% of Weight-Loss Surgery Patients Still on Opioids 7 Years After Surgery
The percentage of adult bariatric surgical patients using opioids dips in the initial postoperative months, but increases years later, according to a study published in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Disease. Click here to continue >>

Drug Users Increasingly Injecting in Hospital Bathrooms: What Hospitals Are and Aren’t Doing About It
Drug users are increasingly slipping into hospital restrooms to take heroin and other narcotics, reasoning their chances of accessing timely lifesaving medical attention in the event of an overdose are higher in such an environment, reports NPR. Click here to continue >>

Study: Prolonged Opioid Use is the Most Common Postsurgical Complication
A significant portion of surgical patients continue using opioid painkillers more than three months after surgery. Click here to continue >>

Hepatitis C Infections Skyrocket; CDC Report Blames Opioid Epidemic
Hepatitis C infection rate nearly tripled in the U.S. from 2010 to 2015, and the opioid epidemic is largely to blame, according to data released by the CDC May 12 during Hepatitis Awareness Month. Click here to continue >>

CDC: Hospitalizations for Heroin-Related Infections on the Rise in North Carolina
As the opioid epidemic worsens, hospitals in North Carolina have seen an increase in patients being hospitalized for endocarditis, a bacterial complication of injection drug use, according to a report in the CDC’s June 9 Morbidity and Mortality Report. Click here to continue >>


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