Today's Top 20 Infection Control StoriesRSS
  • Physicians already disapprove of Obama's new 'Ebola czar'

    Former White House advisor Ron Klain reports Wednesday for his first active day as Ebola response coordinator and physicians already disapprove, according to a recent poll conducted by Sermo, a healthcare social network just for physicians.  
  • Nebraska Medical Center to release patient treated for Ebola

    The Ebola patient currently being treated at The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is now Ebola-free and will soon be able to leave the hospital's biocontainment unit, according to a report from NBC News.  
  • 13 states with the highest proportion of hospitals with high infection rates

    Nearly 700 hospitals in the U.S. had higher than expected infection rates for at least one of the six types of infections traced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and hospitals in certain states do much worse than others. 
  • Proper dental care can reduce ICU respiratory infections, study finds

    When patients in the intensive care unit receive oral care from a dentist, they are at significantly less risk of getting a lower respiratory tract infection, like ventilator-associated pneumonia, according to a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 
  • 10 recent articles on hospital readmissions

    The reduction of hospital readmission rates has been at the forefront of hospital and governmental initiatives to improve patient care in the United States for last few decades. While some progress has been achieved, annual assessments of hospital readmission rates reported from the CMS Readmissions Reduction Program reveal that much work is still needed to secure the safety of patients during their hospital stays.  
  • White House suspends funding on certain pathogen studies

    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and HHS are pausing funding on new research related to certain "gain-of-function studies." 
  • 43 Dallas citizens removed from Ebola watch

    On Monday, 43 people who were deemed to be in contact with the first Dallas Ebola patient were cleared of Ebola risk, according to an NBC News report. 
  • Chicago hospitals monitor 2 patients for Ebola

    Two patients in Chicago are being monitored for Ebola after falling ill on flights from Liberia to O'Hare International Airport, according to a Chicago Tribune report. 
  • Gallup: Americans losing confidence in government's ability to handle Ebola

    Americans' confidence in the federal government's ability to handle a potential Ebola outbreak is declining, finds a Gallup poll. 
  • Accreditation, but at what price?

    In the Accreditation Option series of articles, we briefly discussed cost as one factor to consider when comparing the services provided by the major accrediting organizations. There are two types of expenses associated with accreditation: direct and indirect. Direct costs may include the survey fee (which may be an annual survey fee or triennial registration fee) plus the travel expenses. Indirect costs may include survey preparation.  
  • Inconsistencies abound in hand hygiene compliance reporting: Survey

    Just 13 percent of nurses and infection preventionists in U.S. hospitals are "extremely satisfied" by the reliability of their facility's hand hygiene compliance data, according to a survey from DebMed.  
  • 6 steps to improve OR efficiency

    At United Medical Center in Batavia, N.Y., Deborah Spratt, MPA, BSN, RN, the director of surgical services, noticed the operating room could be more efficient with first case start times and turnover. So, she started an OR efficiency project at the hospital.  
  • New CDC guidance updates PPE protocols

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance on personal protective equipment for U.S. healthcare workers treating Ebola. 
  • DoD to train HHS medical support team

    The Department of Defense will assemble an expeditionary medical support team which, if needed, can provide short-notice assistance to civilian medical professionals in the United States.  
  • A child medication error occurs every 8 minutes

    A 10-year study analyzing out-of-hospital medication errors among children less than six years old found a child in the United States suffers a medication error every eight minutes, according to the journal Pediatrics. 
  • Study finds clinicians often unaware patient has central venous catheter

    More than one-fifth of physicians are unaware of the presence of a central venous catheter in their patients, according to a study in Annals of Internal Medicine. 
  • Infection prevention: Are your clothes putting your patients at risk?

    Working with surgeons, operating room directors, service line leaders, lean practitioners and other industry leaders, I have heard about great pre-, intra- and post-operative risk prevention efforts. One thing I had not heard about was the potential risk of infection from clothing. 
  • Top 10 infection control stories, October 13-17

    The following are the 10 most-read infection control and clinical quality articles from Becker's Hospital Review for the week of Oct. 13, starting with the most popular. 
  • CDC to revise PPE protocol for Ebola

    The CDC is expected to soon update protocol for what healthcare workers should wear when treating Ebola patients, revising the guidelines so workers show no skin, according to a report in The Boston Globe. 
  • CHOP updates protocols after norovirus outbreak

    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has updated its virus-detection process after a norovirus outbreak affected members of its staff, according to a Philadelphia Daily News report. 

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