• Loosened mask rules concern some high-risk patients

    The pivot from pandemic-era mandatory masking in healthcare settings to optional masking — even for healthcare staff in most cases — has become a difficult situation for vulnerable, high-risk and immunocompromised patients to navigate. 
  • How this Texas system prevented HAIs from rising amid pandemic

    The Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System in Dallas prevented healthcare-associated infection rates from rising during the pandemic — and reduced burnout among infection prevention and control team members — through a 14-month initiative, according to a study published April 26 in the American Journal of Infection Control.
  • 4 dead in ongoing bacterial outbreak at Seattle hospital

    Over the last six months, 31 patients at Seattle-based Virginia Mason Medical Center have been infected with Klebsiella pneumoniae and four have since died, NPR affiliate KUOW reported April 25.
  • CLABSI-free for 16 months: 3 notes on how a Chicago hospital got there

    UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Ill., hasn't seen a central-line-associated blood infection since December 2021 — an accomplishment that took coordinated planning and multidisciplinary collaboration. 
  • Kaiser hospital returns to masking amid COVID-19 outbreak

    Staff and visitors will be required to mask up at Santa Rosa (Calif.) Medical Center amid a COVID-19 outbreak that has infected more than a dozen hospital workers and patients, The San Francisco Chronicle reported April 20. 
  • AACN: Hand hygiene is more than hand washing

    Hygiene practices have come a long way since the CDC first published national hygiene guidelines in the 1980s. With so much to keep track of, a nurse leader summarized some of the latest practice recommendations and strategies to increase hand hygiene compliance in an April 18 blog post for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. 
  • It's time to end universal mask mandates in healthcare, infectious disease experts say

    Wearing masks at grocery stores, on airplanes, subways and buses was the norm during the height of the pandemic. Now, most mask mandates only remain at hospitals and in healthcare settings, but experts say it is time to walk back those policies.
  • How CDC, AMA plan to manage re-emerging pathogens

    Like many things in life, diseases and pathogens are not linear. What was once under control may resurface or spike due to evolving global conditions — which is something experts from the CDC and American Medical Association are continuously preparing to manage.
  • Half of healthcare workers with COVID-19 may still show up to care for patients: study

    About 50 percent of healthcare workers with symptomatic COVID-19 in a new study showed up for work, indicating concern over high workload burden for coworkers and personal responsibility.
  • Nevada VA system does away with presurgery COVID tests

    Las Vegas-based Veterans Affairs Southern Nevada Healthcare System has stopped testing asymptomatic patients for COVID-19 before surgical procedures, it announced April 10.
  • 3 steps to subdue C. auris, per Mass General experts

    From 2019 to 2021, 17 states reported their first case of Candida auris, a yeast fungal infection becoming more resistant to treatment. Three Massachusetts General Hospital experts told Becker's the three ways to contain the spread.
  • Proposed EPA rules target sterilization facilities

    The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed two new standards to reduce ethylene oxide emissions and protect workers exposed to the gas during sterilization processes. 
  • 3 key barriers facing infection prevention and control efforts

    From drug resistance to the growing threat of Candida auris, today's infection preventionists face a growing to-do list with limited resources. 
  • By itself, masking in hospitals doesn't stop COVID-19 spread: Study

    In a large hospital in London, removing mask rules for visitors and staff did not result in a "statistically significant change" in the rate of COVID-19 infections, a study published April 6 found, adding more questions to the swirling debate of mask efficacy against the coronavirus. 
  • How 'shape-shifting' antibiotics could combat drug resistance

    Observing military tank training prompted John Moses, PhD, a professor and researcher at Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) Laboratory, to develop "shape-shifting" antibiotics in an effort to fight rising instances of drug resistance.
  • 1st person infected with rose fungal disease recovers

    The first human to be infected with a deadly plant fungus has made a full recovery after two years of treatment, The Jerusalem Post reported April 2.
  • Girl's rare infection tied to iguana bite: Stanford researchers 

    Researchers have identified what may be the first documented human infection of a rare bacteria from an iguana bite, CNN reported April 2. 
  • Some SARS-CoV-2 variants are resistant to Paxlovid's main ingredient

    As Paxlovid is "blunting SARS[-CoV-]2 disease pathogenesis," there are multiple transmissible coronavirus variants circulating resistant to the antiviral's main ingredient, according to a study published March 29 in Science Advances.
  • Dr. Meredith Hulsey returns to Texas' Medical Center Hospital as chief medical officer

    Meredith Hulsey, DO, has been named chief medical officer at Odessa, Texas-based Medical Center Hospital, according to Odessa American. Dr. Hulsey, a pathologist, was trained at MCH; she returned Jan. 3 to begin her new role, after five years away. 
  • Why it's time hospital leaders snap out of 'COVID fatigue'

    Hospital leaders are ready for COVID-19 to go away and never come back. Becker's editorial statistics confirm interest in COVID-19 content has fallen in recent months. 

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