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  1. Taking technology to the Ebola fight

    Today, even the world's best hospitals rely upon a thermometer (a 400-year-old technology) to decide who to quarantine for Ebola.  By Anita Goel, MD, PhD -
  2. Legionella infections cause IU Health LaPorte to flush water system

    After two cases of Legionella infections were reported at IU Health LaPorte Hospital in the last month, the hospital has announced it flushed its water system, according to a report from The Times.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. WHO could make decision on mass Ebola vaccinations this summer

    The World Health Organization announced an independent advisory body will decide whether to recommend widespread introduction of the Ebola vaccine in August at the earliest, according to a Reuters report.  By Shannon Barnet -

Hospital's most expensive and most critical cases

With an earlier warning of developing pathology and deteriorating patient conditions—in advance of other systemic measures—clinicians can intervene sooner and avoid a wide range of adverse patient outcomes.
  1. Flu takes 6 more lives, still at elevated levels

    Even though flu activity in the U.S. continued to decline last week, activity is still at elevated levels, and six flu-related pediatric deaths were reported during the week ending Feb. 21. By Heather Punke -
  2. 5 recent stories on antibiotic resistance

    Antibiotic resistance was leveraged to the national stage this year, as President Barack Obama's administration sought $1.2 billion in funding to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the president's annual budget request. By Heather Punke -
  3. FDA approves new antibacterial drug

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Avycaz, an antibacterial drug for patients with complicated intra-abdominal infections or complicated urinary tract infections who have limited or no alternative treatment options. By Heather Punke -
  4. 5 most popular hand hygiene stories in February

    A variety of hand hygiene topics, including compliance tools, ideas from hospital executives to improve hand hygiene and statistics on proper hand sanitizer use piqued the interest of Becker's Hospital Review readers in February. By Heather Punke -

Disinfectants don't guarantee disinfection

Learn the key components of a successful disinfection program, highlight potential barriers and ways to overcome these barriers to achieve the best results.
  1. 11 clinical research findings to know this week

    Here are 11 articles on medical research study findings from the week of Feb. 23.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. Study questions benefits of nonprofit, integrated health systems

    Public policy has fostered the growth and development of integrated delivery networks for the better part of the last four decades, despite their being very little evidence of their societal benefits, according to a new study from the nonpartisan National Academy of Social Insurance.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Physicians, healthcare leaders discuss respiratory compromise prevention

    The National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care is bringing together healthcare leaders form pulmonary medicine and related fields to discuss how to reduce the risk of respiratory compromise.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Trials to test impact of training duty hours on care quality, patient safety

    Starting in July, two trials will investigate the effect of limiting trainee duty hours on the quality and safety of patient care as well as resident education, according to a report in JAMA.  By Shannon Barnet -
  1. Researchers identify how bacteria survives, may lead to new treatments

    Researchers at the University of Georgia in Athens have discovered a previously unknown process used by many bacteria to survive and remain unaffected by current antibiotic treatments.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. HIV drug may combat strep throat, flesh-eating bacteria

    Scientists may have discovered a new potential treatment to fight the pathogen that causes strep throat and a flesh-eating disease, according to ACS Chemical Biology.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Minnesota hospitals make more mistakes, but cause fewer deaths

    Minnesota hospitals and surgery centers recorded 277 adverse events, including 92 serious injuries and eight deaths from October 2013 to October 2014, up from the 258 events reported in the same 2012-2013 time period but down from 15 deaths reported during that time. By Heather Punke -
  4. FDA seeks clarity from scope manufacturers on cleaning methods

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked the companies that manufacture the complex scopes tied to drug-resistant bacteria infections to prove their recommended cleaning methods work, according to a New York Times report. By Heather Punke -
  5. Childhood pneumonia costs US $1B annually

    Pneumonia remains one of the leading causes of hospitalization among children, and a recently published study estimates those hospitalizations cost the U.S. about $1 billion each year. By Heather Punke -
  6. C. diff kills 15,000 Americans each year, CDC says

    Clostridium difficile caused nearly half a million infections in U.S. patients in 2011, and about 29,000 patients died within 30 days of the C. diff diagnosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  By Heather Punke -
  7. Northside Hospital and PDI's team approach to elimination of HAIs

    "In today's healthcare environment, collaboration is a critical component in the prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs). Now more than ever, a clean and sanitary patient environment is being measured as a component of the Infection Prevention and Control process."  By Staff -
  8. Nexus Health and reduced admissions

    In a recent news article, Nexus Health CEO Dr. Virginia Feldman was interviewed about Nexus Health's techniques for reducing readmissions in its most recent pilot program.  By Staff -
  9. The world's first real-time hospital

    It's time to meet New Cross Hospital.  By Staff -

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