• Monkeypox case reported in Massachusetts; 1st in US this year

    Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials have confirmed a case of monkeypox in a traveler who returned to the U.S. from Canada, the agency said May 18. 
  • C. auris outbreaks reported at Nevada hospitals

    The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services is investigating C. auris outbreaks at healthcare facilities across the state, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported May 17.
  • WHO launches 1st infection control report

    Healthcare facilities following good hand hygiene and other cost-effective practices can prevent 70 percent of infections, the first infection control report from the World Health Organization found. 
  • A crucial point missing from the nation's mask debate: Dr. Osterholm

    A federal judge's rejection of the nation's mask mandate for public transportation has reinvigorated a national debate often presented as a black and white issue: to mask or not. However, this discussion should be more nuanced and focus on the quality of masking, epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, PhD, said in an April 24 interview with ABC News.
  • The value of wearing a mask when others don't

    A federal judge's rejection of the nation's mask mandate for travelers taking public transportation set off a flurry of responses. 
  • C. auris outbreak halts admissions at Detroit specialty hospital

    A small specialty hospital that operates within DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit is pausing admissions due to an outbreak of the deadly, drug-resistant fungus Candida auris, the Detroit Free Press reported April 20.
  • Some hospitals relax masking rules

    Health systems are weighing and making decisions for face masks to become optional for many individuals in certain spaces. 
  • CDC mask guidelines spur confusion among hospitals

    Healthcare facilities nationwide are grappling with conflicting CDC guidelines on masking amid the pandemic, resulting in a patchwork of policies and practices, Politico reported April 5.
  • CDC updates mask guidance for N95s in hospitals

    The CDC updated its COVID-19 infection control guidance March 24 to make it clear that healthcare facilities should permit patients and visitors to wear more highly protective masks, like N95s. 
  • CMS to hospitals: Let patients, visitors wear N95s

    U.S. health officials are poised to clarify guidelines on masking practices in hospitals after reports surfaced that facilities were asking patients and visitors to swap N95 masks for surgical masks, three sources familiar with the matter told Politico.
  • Aerosolized hydrogen peroxide cuts C. diff infection risk

    Adding aerosolized hydrogen peroxide to infection prevention protocols reduces the risk of Clostridioides difficile infections in healthcare settings, according to a study published March 17 in the American Journal of Infection Control.
  • Why some hospitals ask patients, visitors to ditch N95s

    Hospitals across the country often ask patients and visitors to swap out their N95s with surgical masks in line with CDC guidelines, which public health experts say are outdated, according to Politico.
  • 10 infection control upgrades needed before next pandemic

    The U.S. needs to bolster its infection prevention and control infrastructure to prepare for future pandemics and the rise of healthcare-associated infections, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology said in a March 8 report.
  • No patient infections found from unsterile equipment, VA hospital says

    The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, Ga., said it has not identified any new infections after warning more than 4,000 patients in February that they may have been exposed to improperly sterilized medical equipment, The Telegraph reported March 4.
  • 331 hospitals with lowest C. diff rates in US

    Becker's has compiled a list of all hospitals in the U.S. with the lowest Clostridioides difficile infection rates, as based on the healthcare-associated infections dataset from CMS.
  • States ranked by central line infection rates

    New Mexico has the highest rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections, while Vermont has the lowest, according to the healthcare-associated infections dataset from CMS. 
  • Scientists discover why C.diff is hard to eradicate, opening door for successful treatment

    Scientists have identified a structural reason why Clostridium difficile may be so difficult to eradicate, according to findings published Feb. 25 in Nature Communications. 
  • States ranked by healthcare-associated CAUTI rates

    Vermont has the highest rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, while the District of Columbia has the lowest, according to the healthcare-associated infections dataset from CMS.
  • Officials alert public of measles case, potential exposure at Seattle Children's

    A case of measles has been confirmed in Snohomish County,Wash., with a potential exposure reported at Seattle Children's Hospital, according to a Feb. 21 health department news release. 
  • Mayo Clinic eases visitor restrictions

    Beginning Feb. 24, Mayo Clinic will permit two "consistent designated visitors" per adult inpatient at its flagship campus in Rochester, Minn. 

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