Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Stories
  • 3 practices to reduce excessive blood transfusions

    After reviewing data compiled on blood transfusions from a pool of randomized clinical trials, researchers with Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cleveland Clinic and New York City-based NYU Langone Medical Center endorsed blood transfusion recommendations that reduce blood use to improve patient safety and care outcomes, according to an article published in JAMA Internal Medicine.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • Southern Illinois University researcher injected patients with experimental herpes vaccine in hotel rooms

    William Halford, PhD, a recently deceased medical researcher, injected at least eight patients with an experimental, live-virus vaccine in Illinois hotel rooms in 2013, three years before launching an unregulated herpes vaccine clinical trial in the Caribbean, according to an investigative report from Kaiser Health News.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • Population health management: The importance of vaccination in prevention

    As the U.S. healthcare system transitions from volume- to value-based care, the role of healthcare providers will also be transitioning. In a value-based care system, providers focus on efficiency and quality, rather than the quantity of patients they see. Providers will have to think about improving the health of the population as a whole and not just individual patients. There are opportunities to emphasize quality improvement (QI) and practice redesign in ways that could fundamentally improve healthcare in the United States.  By Brian Zimmerman -
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  • Video shows nursing home staff laughing as patient died gasping for air

    Recently released footage reveals nursing home staff in Georgia laughed as a World War II veteran called for help numerous times, gasped for air and died, according to WXIA.  By Kelly Gooch -
  • Utah hepatitis A outbreak up to 75 cases

    At least 75 people in Utah have contracted hepatitis A since May, representing the state's worst outbreak in years, according to a report from The Salt Lake Tribune.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • C. diff prevention: A proactive and programmatic approach to reducing infections

    Amid the growing prevalence of multidrug-resistant organisms, hospitals must implement thorough prevention methods to reduce healthcare-associated infections and protect their bottom line.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  • 7 clinical pillars providers need to thrive under a total joint arthroplasty bundled model

    Bundled payments are an alternative delivery model offering orthopedic surgeons performing total joint arthroplasty an ideal opportunity. TJAs are perfect for bundling, as they're defined episodes, easily comparable, high volume and paid for by the government in most instances.  By Megan Wood -
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  • Survey: 87% of physicians say patient trust is decreasing

    A majority of physicians believe patients' trust in healthcare professionals is diminishing, according to a recent SERMO survey.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  • APIC creates website for healthcare legislation & advocacy

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology launched a new website that aims to ensure lawmakers have the best information to help them develop policies. The website also offers the public information on healthcare legislation and gives them the chance to have their voices heard.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Antibiotic stewardship reduces C. diff incidence by 32%

    A study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, examined the effect of antibiotic stewardship on the incidence of infection and colonization with antibiotic-resistant bacteria as well as Clostridium difficile infections.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Top 10 infection control stories, Nov. 13-17

    Equipment issues that forced Annandale, Va.-based Inova Fairfax Hospital to cancel 150 surgeries, the identification of a hormone that fights sepsis and Press Ganey's 2017 nursing report captured the interest of readers last week.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • Text message reminders increase influenza vaccination rates

    Sending text message reminders to patients at high risk for contracting influenza can help boost vaccination rates at a modest cost, according to a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • CDC: Flu activity on the rise

    Overall influenza activity increased during the week ending Nov. 11 compared to previous weeks, according to the CDC's most recent update on flu activity for the 2017-18 flu season.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • 8 CRE infection control recommendations from the WHO

    The World Health Organization in November published guidelines for the prevention and control of carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacteria infections in the healthcare setting.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  • 2 years after FDA warning children still received codeine prescriptions

    One in 20 children continued to receive codeine after tonsil and adenoid surgery, despite a warning from FDA regulators two years prior, according a study published in Pediatrics.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Empirical antibiotic treatment does not affect CAUTI survival rates

    A study, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, examined short-and long-term survival rates of patients with catheter-associated urinary tract infection and the impact of the empirical antibiotic treatment on survival rates.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • The impact of patient room design on hospital airborne infections

    The Affordable Care Act’s many provisions designed to transform the healthcare delivery system include financial incentives for medical centers to reduce and eliminate hospital-acquired infections (HAI) and “never events,” the kinds of major, preventable medical errors groups like the National Quality Forum have declared must never happen.  By Alexa Copeland, EDAC, E4H Environments for Health Architecture -
  • The 6 attributes of high-value primary care

    A study, published in the Annals of Family Medicine, examined the care delivery attributes associated with value in primary care.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Single room ICU design significantly lowers multidrug-resistant bacteria transmission

    Introducing a single-room policy resulted in a decrease in multidrug-resistant bacteria cross transmission in the intensive care unit, according to a study published in Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Press Ganey releases 2017 nursing report: 5 things to know

    Nurse managers exert significant influence over work environments and patient outcomes, according to Press Ganey's 2017 Nursing Special Report released Wednesday.  By Mackenzie Bean -


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