Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Articles
  • 2 defibrillation methods increase survivability

    A recent study found two new methods of delivering defibrillation improved survivability and neurologic outcomes.
  • Delaying surgery after COVID-19 infection can prevent heart issues

    A recent study found that delaying surgery after a COVID-19 infection reduced the risk of major postoperative heart events.
  • COVID-19 tests are free again amid case uptick

    The U.S. resumed its program that ships four free COVID-19 tests to every household Dec. 15 as the mostly vaccinated but scarcely boosted nation braces for a winter surge in cases. 
  • Providence, HealthPartners team up with Helix to monitor respiratory viruses

    The CDC has awarded Helix a $5 million contract to develop a pan-respiratory viral surveillance program with Renton, Wash.-based Providence and Bloomington, Minn.-based HealthPartners. 
  • 4 themes for successful infection prevention amid a pandemic: Study

    After evaluating intensive care units with elevated rates of healthcare-associated infections that participated in a federal quality improvement program, a study published Nov. 21 in BMJ Open Quality identified four themes to maintain infection prevention activities during the pandemic. 
  • US hospitals see rise in invasive strep A infections behind 15 UK deaths

    At least four children's hospitals in the U.S. are seeing an increase in severe strep A infections, NBC News reported Dec. 14. 
  • Ascension's Dr. Richard Fogel: Putting quality first

    Ascension's commitment to consistently improving the quality and safety of the care we deliver is part of the fabric of our healing ministry. It's who we are. It's what we do. And it's what we've done for decades. A recent New York Times article has attempted to call that commitment into question. 
  • 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.
  • 5 hospitals, systems seeking chief quality officers

    Below are five hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that have recently posted job listings for chief quality officers. 
  • Long COVID-19 on death certificates: 5 CDC report notes

    Long COVID-19 has contributed to the deaths of at least 3,544 people in the U.S., according to a CDC analysis of death certificates published Dec. 14. Experts who reviewed the report say the findings are almost certainly an undercount. 
  • Inmate shot, killed in Texas hospital ER

    A corrections officer fatally shot an inmate at Ascension Seton Hays Hospital on Dec. 12 after he allegedly tried to escape from the emergency room, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
  • 'Not in the clear yet' on RSV: 4 physician survey notes

    Emergency room and critical care physicians continue to see significant levels of respiratory syncytial virus activity, according to survey data published Dec. 14. 
  • New York expires emergency order on polio

    New York's executive order on polio is "no longer necessary" as the number of positive wastewater samples has declined, health officials said Dec. 12. Efforts to increase vaccination uptake, however, will continue as coverage rates in affected areas remain too low. 
  • Joint Commission surveys to include safety briefings in 2023

    The Joint Commission will hold a safety briefing with healthcare organizations at the start of every accreditation survey starting in 2023, the organization said Dec. 13.
  • HHS seeks input on national safety alliance

    HHS has published a request for information on how it can best support the advancement of patient and healthcare worker safety as part of a new national alliance. 
  • HHS: COVID-19 flexibilities apply to flu, RSV response efforts

    States and healthcare organizations can use regulatory flexibilities permitted under the COVID-19 public health emergency to address capacity challenges stemming from a severe respiratory virus season, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra told governors this month, according to AHA News.  
  • The 2023 safety priorities for 11 straight-'A' hospitals

    As hospitals continue to face pandemic-related challenges, it's no surprise that many of The Leapfrog Group's straight-"A" hospitals are doubling down on efforts to reduce and prevent healthcare-associated infections.
  • 7 systems launching nursing programs

    Colleges and universities are updating and launching nursing programs to help combat nursing shortages.
  • A snapshot of flu, COVID-19 & RSV: 3 notes

    Respiratory virus activity is already high, and health experts anticipate the upcoming holiday season to accelerate virus spread. 
  • 64 COVID-19 findings in 2022

    From long COVID-19 to vaccine efficacy to maternal outcomes, Becker's covered dozens of COVID-19-focused studies since the start of the year.
  • Winter COVID-19 surge looms, experts say

    COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are steadily rising nationwide, suggesting a winter surge may be near. At present, however, the duration, magnitude and scope of such a surge is still unclear, experts told The Atlantic.

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