Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Stories
  • 4 insights on the evolution of transgender healthcare

    Craig Sweet, MD, an endocrinologist at Fort Myers, Fla.-based Specialists in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery, discussed how healthcare has evolved for transgender patients in an interview with the Fort Myers News-Press.  By Harrison Cook -
  • 200 patients tested for hepatitis, HIV due to improperly sterilized surgical tools at Colorado health center

    The Colorado Department of Human Services suspended all medical and dental practices at Wheat Ridge (Colo.) Regional Center Aug 15., after learning the state-owned facility had been improperly cleaning surgical tools since 2015, according to Denver7.  By Harrison Cook -
  • Viewpoint: Mainstream media reports on disease outbreaks lack crucial information

    Health organizations are obligated to contribute accurate and timely information to the general public, but the bulk of this information comes from social media and does not help people make informed health decisions, wrote Yotam Ophir, PhD, the Joan Bossert Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Communication at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication in Philadelphia, in an op-ed for Science Alert.  By Harrison Cook -
  • Nurses count clicks too

    What to do when new technology impedes clinical efficiency
  • HAIs take an emotional toll on patients

    A study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, examined the effects of healthcare-associated infections beyond physical health.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Michigan biotech looks to freeze organs for future transplants

    With about 115,000 Americans on the transplant list for a life-saving organ and 20 people dying everyday waiting for an organ donor, companies like Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Arigos Biomedical are developing methods to preserve organs for future transplants using technology once thought impossible, according to Futurism.  By Harrison Cook -
  • Viewpoint: 4 ambiguities FDA should address about Right to Try

    President Donald Trump signed the Right to Try Act into federal law May 30, giving patients with life-threatening conditions the opportunity to access investigational drugs without FDA authorization. To ensure this law provides the maximum benefits for patients, the FDA should provide clarity over several ambiguous requirements outlined in the law, three health experts argued in an op-ed published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.  By Harrison Cook -
  • Cleveland Clinic surgeons perform face transplant on youngest US recipient

    Katie Stubblefield became the youngest person to receive a face transplant in the U.S. when she underwent the procedure at Cleveland Clinic in 2017, according to CBS News.  By Harrison Cook -
  • Your instrument inventory

    Protect your instruments and understand the importance of protecting your most valuable assets.
  • Mount Sinai professor: Why Medicare should pay physicians more for treating sickest patients

    CMS' plan to change Medicare payments to a flat rate per visit regardless of a patient's sickness could have harmful consequences for severely ill patients, a professor of medicine argues in a STAT op-ed.  By Megan Knowles -
  • Health websites riddled with false info about preeclampsia, ProPublica finds

    Google searches for preeclampsia surged after Beyoncé discussed her experience with the condition during a Vogue interview published Aug. 5. After the term's popularity spiked online, ProPublica reviewed preeclampsia materials from some of the nation's leading consumer health websites and found many pages contained incomplete, imprecise or misleading information.  By Harrison Cook -
  • Viewpoint: How Hawaii's medical aid in dying legislation could affect patient access

    After Hawaii became the eighth U.S. jurisdiction to authorize medical aid in dying April 5, the legislation's set of safeguards could restrict access for patients looking to end their life, two authors argue in Health Affairs blog post.  By Megan Knowles -
  • Why Lyme disease doesn't have a vaccine

    Although the CDC receives 30,000 Lyme disease reports annually and that number has tripled over the past two decades, there isn't a vaccine for the vector-borne illness — and just one new vaccine candidate is in the pipeline, The New York Times reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  • US measles cases on track to surpass 2017 figures: 3 things to know

    As of July 14, the measles has sickened 107 people across 21 states this year, according to the CDC.  By Harrison Cook -
  • ICU diary can help clarify experiences for patients

    An intensive care unit diary can help patients gain clarity of their time in the cardiac ICU, serving as a reality-sorting tool that is effective in connecting their flashbacks and potentially inaccurate memories to actual events, according to a study published in Critical Care Nurse.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • 7-part score could help determine heart attack readmissions, study finds

    When physicians track seven factors of heart attack patients after they are first admitted to the hospital, they can help identify those with the highest risk for 30-day readmission, researchers from Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center found.  By Megan Knowles -
  • 8 ways hospitals are cutting readmissions

    As hospitals work to reduce readmissions, healthcare experts are looking at why patients return to the hospital and strategizing ways to keep discharged patients from becoming inpatients again, according to U.S. News & World Report.  By Megan Knowles -
  • How CoxHealth uses hand scanners to prevent medical errors

    Springfield, Mo.-based CoxHealth is putting vein pattern readers in its six hospitals to reduce the risk of giving patients the wrong treatment, Ozarks First reports.  By Megan Knowles -
  • Nurses less likely than physicians to speak up to colleagues with poor hand hygiene

    A study published in American Journal of Infection Control examined the likelihood of healthcare professionals speaking up about breaches in infection control, such as nonadherence to hand hygiene protocols.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Human trafficking crisis drives Delaware hospitals to create victim care guidelines

    No universal policy or safety program exists for Delaware hospitals encountering human trafficking victims, prompting hospital leaders from across the state to develop screening guidelines to identify and treat these victims, according to the Delaware News Journal.  By Harrison Cook -
  • 5 factors increasing risk of community-acquired C. diff

    A study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection examined the current epidemiological landscape and risk factors associated with community-acquired Clostridium difficile infection.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  • Autism risk not linked to Tdap vaccination during pregnancy

    Prenatal tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis, or Tdap, vaccination does not increase risk of autism spectrum disorder in children, according to a study published in Pediatrics.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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