Top 10 infection control stories, Aug. 8-12

A deadly bacteria that shut down a Maryland hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, a fatal human infection being linked to contact with a sick horse and a safety stand-down that helped improve hand hygiene compliance to 94 percent piqued the interest of readers last week.

The following are the 10 most-read articles from Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality for the week of Aug. 8, starting with the most popular.

1. Maryland hospital shuts down NICU after deadly bacteria discovered

2. The 49 hospitals facing the highest readmission penalties from Medicare

3. Deadly human infection linked to contact with ill horse

4. Investigation: UCHealth hospital didn't properly clean vaginal ultrasound probes

5. Safety stand-down: How borrowing a military practice boosted this hospital's hand hygiene compliance to 94%

6. Residue from foam-reducing compound remains in scopes even after reprocessing

7. CMS penalizes 2.6k hospitals for high readmissions: 5 statistics

8. 15 US babies born with Zika-related birth defects, case count tops 1,800

9. Cancer-causing chemicals found in drinking water of 6M Americans

10. Hospitals disposing of organs, refusing transplants to maintain federal performance ratings

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