• 7 advancements in C. diff care in 2023

    As antibiotic resistance grows, so does research toward preventing and treating Clostridioides difficile, a bacterium known to be one of the leading causes of healthcare-associated infections in U.S. patients that can sometimes turn fatal. Often, infections from it occur while a patient is on antibiotics or shortly after they have finished a course. 
  • Contaminated beds linked to C. diff risks: Study

    Patients staying in a hospital bed previously occupied by a patient with a Clostridium difficile infection have a higher risk of contracting one themselves, according to new research published Dec. 13 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 
  • CDC's upcoming mask rule can worsen protection flaws, critics say

    Before a CDC advisory committee votes whether to update its 13-year-old infection control rules in healthcare settings, critics of the guidance's draft say the proposal is confusing and too lenient, KFF Health News reported Dec. 14. 
  • WVU Medicine confirms inpatient C. auris case

    A patient at a WVU Medicine facility has tested positive for Candida auris, a spokesperson for the Morgantown, W.Va.-based health system confirmed to CBS affiliate WDTV Dec. 8. 
  • Adherence to infection control measures depends on role: Study

    Employees at a North Carolina hospital were five times more likely to report infection prevention issues if they faced a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 compared to their co-workers, according to a new study.
  • HAIs decline significantly in acute care hospitals, CDC says

    For the first time since the pandemic, progress is being made in decreasing healthcare-associated infections at acute care hospitals, according to a new CDC report.
  • Denver Health administers 1st shots of Ebola vaccines

    In a milestone moment in the Mile High City, on Nov. 27, Denver Health administered the first live Ebola vaccine for preventative measures to some patients, 9News reported.
  • Yale opens Center for Infectious Diseases

    Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health is consolidating infectious disease care under one roof through a new center, which opened Nov. 27, the New Haven Register reported.
  • Common hospital disinfectant doesn't work against C. diff, study finds

    A CDC-recommended hospital disinfectant is ineffective against Clostridioides difficile, according to a study published Nov. 21 in Microbiology. 
  • Hospital C-suite alarmed by worsening antimicrobial resistance

    A new report from the nonprofit group the Sepsis Alliance found that while 88% of hospital C-suite leaders think antimicrobial resistance is getting more severe, only 26% graded themselves with an 'A' on their own hospital's efforts to address this.
  • 14 hospitals recognized for antimicrobial stewardship

    Fourteen hospitals and health systems have been designated by the Infectious Diseases Society of America as top antimicrobial stewardship centers.
  • Patients potentially exposed to infection at Massachusetts hospital

    Salem (Mass.) Hospital is notifying some patients who may have been exposed to infection as a result of the improper administration of an intravenous medicine, Boston 25 News reported Nov. 15.
  • Flu, prescription activity on the rise: 4 notes

    Flu cases are increasing steadily while antiviral prescriptions increase only slightly, according to the latest CDC data.
  • This state saw a 193% increase in C. auris cases in 1 year

    Nevada has one of the highest C. auris rates in the country, and cases have grown 193% since November 2022, CBS affiliate KLAS reported Nov. 12.
  • UCHealth targets sepsis with AI 'bat signal'

    A care team at Aurora, Colo.-based UCHealth developed a sepsis-detecting AI tool that could save hundreds of lives per year — and with clinician feedback, they modified it to lessen the burden of a new technology, The Colorado Sun reported Nov. 10. 
  • The world's deadliest infectious diseases

    COVID-19 was the most deadly infectious disease in 2022, followed by tuberculosis, according to a Statista report.
  • Hospitals have 'ways to go' on HAIs

    While new data from The Leapfrog Group's fall safety grades shows hospitals have made progress in reversing a major spike in healthcare-associated infections that occurred during the pandemic, data indicates now is not the time to rest on the laurels of that progress.
  • Seattle hospital probes source of 2 Legionella cases

    The University of Washington Medical Center-Montlake is working with local health officials and the CDC to investigate the source of infection after two patients were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.
  • Hospitals regain lost ground in HAI fight

    Hospitals are making strides in reducing healthcare-associated infections after a major spike during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data from The Leapfrog Group. 
  • CDC panel backs looser guidance on hospital masking

    A CDC advisory committee voted Nov. 3 to finalize a draft of infection control guidelines that recommends healthcare workers wear masks during routine care to prevent the spread of common, endemic respiratory infections — a move National Nurses United has condemned for not going far enough to protect patients and staff from aerosol transmission. 

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