Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Articles
  • Tracking monkeypox: Where the US outbreak stands, where it may be headed

    More than 7,000 monkeypox cases have now been confirmed in the U.S., and as the outbreak continues to grow, health experts are cautioning that, if not contained, the virus may begin spreading among the broader population. 
  • COVID-19 cases fall 7% nationwide: 10 CDC findings

    COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths fell nationwide this week, according to the CDC's COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published Aug. 5.
  • 9 hospitals hiring chief medical officers

    Below are nine hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that posted job listings seeking chief medical officers in the last two weeks.
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  • 2 recent findings on long COVID-19 

    Here are two recent studies on long COVID-19 in children and adults: 
  • Polio case may be 'tip of iceberg,' New York's top health official says

    Polio has been detected in New York wastewater samples, potentially signaling further spread of the disease, with the state's top health official warning the single case may be the "tip of the iceberg," The New York Times reported Aug. 4. 
  • Vanderbilt should lose Magnet status over RaDonda Vaught's treatment, nurses say

    Some nurses are urging the American Nurses Credentialing Center not to renew Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Magnet designation, arguing that the hospital's response to RaDonda Vaught's fatal medication error and conviction do not align with the program's mission to create an environment where nurses flourish.
  • Monkeypox cases, state by state

    The CDC had confirmed 7,102 monkeypox cases in 50 states and territories, as of Aug. 4.
  • US declares monkeypox a public health emergency

    The Biden administration on Aug. 4 declared the nation's monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency, a move that will unlock additional federal dollars to address the outbreak. The declaration comes as U.S. cases near 7,000, more than any other country so far.
  • Most common symptoms of 6 coronavirus variants

    COVID-19 patients have reported a wide range of symptoms, with some symptoms appearing more often for different variants of the virus.
  • New York governor announces 1,000 nursing student tuition program coverage winners 

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul named 1,000 winners of the "Nurses for Our Future" Scholarship Program, a program aimed to bolster the state's healthcare workforce, Aug. 4.
  • 67% of nurses plan to leave position within 3 years, survey of 9,000 nurses finds

    The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses found 67 percent of nurses plan to leave their current nursing position within three years, according to their survey of 9,355 nurses in October. Their findings were published Aug. 2 in Critical Care Nurse.
  • The reporting practice that could lead to unreliable patient safety data

    Some hospitals may classify admissions in a way that exempts them from elective-based patient safety indicator scores, or PSIs, leading to less reliable patient safety data, according to a study published in the August issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
  • Beware of 'whack-a-mole' approach to patient safety, expert says

    Hospitals and health systems across the country are working to rebuild the foundations for safe care that deteriorated during the pandemic. But what's sometimes overlooked in that rebuilding is a plan to sustain the safe care achieved, one hospital safety expert says.
  • Why US may be in for a severe flu season

    Countries in the Southern Hemisphere are experiencing a severe flu season, which may be a harbinger of what's to come for the U.S. this fall, NBC News reported Aug. 4. 
  • US sees largest monkeypox spike of any country: 3 updates

    The U.S. saw the largest weekly spike in monkeypox cases of any other country in the last week of July, the World Health Organization said in an Aug. 3 report on the outbreak. 
  • 70 deaths blamed on US transplant system

    A Senate committee found 70 people died and 249 developed diseases between 2008 and 2015 from organs they received in transplants after an investigation revealed deficiencies in the nation's transplant system, The Washington Post reported Aug. 3.
  • HHS reports on long COVID-19 relief fall short on planning 

    Physicians and advocacy groups said two long COVID-19 federal reports released Aug. 3 failed to address immediate needs of patients and recommendations for addressing the crisis, NBC News reported Aug. 3.
  • Ecolab is serious about innovation: Disinfectant 1 Wipe is just the start

    Environmental hygiene and infection prevention have always been top priorities in healthcare. These issues, however, have taken on even greater importance during the pandemic.
  • Can monkeypox spread through the air? What we know so far

    Current messaging surrounding how monkeypox spreads is focused on sustained physical contact. But as the outbreak grows, with more than 6,000 cases now confirmed in the U.S., questions are also rising about whether and to what extent respiratory transmission plays a role. 
  • COVID-19 deaths at 'horrible plateau,' expert says 

    The pace of COVID-19 deaths has remained steady since May at about 400 deaths a day, with a slight uptick in July, USA Today reported Aug. 3.

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