Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Articles
  • US, Mexico ask WHO to issue emergency over fungal meningitis outbreak: 5 notes

    The U.S. and Mexico have asked the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency of international concern over a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to two surgery clinics in a Mexico border city, a CDC official told CBS News on May 26.
  • Texas aims to close 'Dr. Death' loophole

    Texas lawmakers have passed a bill that would strengthen the state medical board's authority to regulate and discipline physicians who may pose a threat to patients. 
  • Why HMPV should be on health experts' radar: 7 notes about the virus

    Cases of human metapneumovirus sharply rose this spring, according to CDC data. Symptoms closely mimic other respiratory viruses like respiratory syncytial virus and the flu, but patients are not typically tested for its presence unless admitted to the ER.
  • Ohio rural hospital removes BSN requirement for new nurses

    Wooster (Ohio) Community Hospital removed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing requirement for new hires, The Daily Record reported May 28.
  • AI could end the war on antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    Cambridge, Mass.-based MIT and Ontario, Canada-based McMaster University researchers have found a new antibiotic treatment that can kill a common bacteria in hospital infections thanks to machine learning.
  • California hospital probes hepatitis C, HIV exposure from pain clinic

    Coalinga (Calif.) State Hospital recently informed patients of possible exposure to hepatitis C and HIV through the hospital's pain clinic, radio station KVPR reported May 25.
  • Why brain eating amoeba infections are climbing in northern states

    Increasing temperatures are creating the perfect environment for the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri to thrive in. Northern U.S. states including Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota have seen infections from the bacteria climb, causing public health officials to warn clinicians to be prepared. 
  • Orthopedics in 2023 & beyond: Key trends affecting growth, value-based care

    Growth in 2023 & beyond: Unpack trends affecting orthopedics & 1 practice's path to become the market leader in this session.
  • How Mercy uses EHRs to improve diabetes patient outcomes

    St. Louis-based Mercy is using an algorithm to search electronic health records and identify patients with high blood sugars levels and help them navigate a path to improved health. 
  • Expanding Access to Optimal Cancer Care, the City of Hope Way

    Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the U.S. with more than 1.9 million new cancer diagnoses and 600,000 deaths expected this year. 
  • Texas Children's to end transgender care

    Texas Children's Hospital will stop offering hormone therapy and other transgender care, according to the Houston Chronicle and ABC affiliate KTRK. 
  • Mass General Brigham gets $5.8M to train nurse educators

    Boston-based Mass General Brigham received more than $5.8 million from the Labor Department to expand its nurse educator program.
  • Pennsylvania had 169 newborn injuries and deaths last year

    New data from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority found that infant injuries and deaths nearly doubled in 2022, according to a May 25 report from PennLive.
  • Cedars-Sinai's DEI nurse residency program looks to break 'cookie-cutter' standards

    Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai saw a need to offer support for newly hired nurses who have experience, but not in a hospital setting to help them transition, which prompted it to launch the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Transition to Practice Program.
  • Biological cause may be behind SIDS, study finds

    A new study from researchers at Boston Children's Hospital and Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego found a biological mechanism that may play a role in sudden infant death syndrome.
  • 'Digital bridge' between brain, spinal cord helps paralyzed man walk again

    Researchers in Switzerland have developed implants that provide a "digital bridge" between the brain and spinal cord, which have allowed a man to walk again 12 years after being paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident, The New York Times reported May 24. 
  • J&J selects nurse exec teams for innovation fellowship

    Johnson & Johnson has selected teams of nurse executives and directors from 10 health systems and hospitals around the country to participate in its year-long fellowship program, according to a May 24 news release. 
  • CDC monitoring 200+ people for fungal meningitis

    The CDC is monitoring more than 200 U.S. patients who may be at risk for fungal meningitis likely tied to surgical procedures they underwent at clinics in a Mexico border city, the agency said May 24.
  • Requiring nurses to do more with less is no longer an option

    The strike earlier this year by 7,000 nurses at two large New York City hospitals shines a light on the crisis caused by persistent nurse staffing shortages, not due exclusively to the pandemic. Nurse vacancy rates are at all-time highs with most hospitals (51.4%) reporting rates over 15%. The industry knew well before the pandemic that the shortage was coming as the number of nurses reaching retirement age outpaced the number of nurses entering the profession. Add to that the swell of aging baby boomers, and the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the U.S. needs more than 275,000 additional nurses from 2020 to 2030.
  • NJ hospitals see 40% rise in patients admitted with 'major' and 'extreme' illnesses

    More than 40 percent of people who seek medical care at New Jersey hospitals are presenting with "major" or "extreme" levels of illness, according to a May 24 New Jersey Hospital Association report, which noted the highest levels of severe illness were reported by inpatients with a non-COVID-19 diagnosis. 
  • HIV dropped 12% thanks to this demographic: 7 notes

    The CDC found HIV infections declined 12 percent between 2017 and 2021, and the decline was driven by young people.

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