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  • Making the Business Case for Technology at the Intersection of Cost and Quality
    Infection preventionists, environmental services directors, purchasing managers and members of the hospital C-suite are finding themselves at the intersection of cost and quality when it comes to evaluating technology for the prevention of healthcare-associated infections ...More
    4 hours ago Posted in Reports
  • Rice University Lab Identifies Mutations That Allow Bacteria to Resist Antibiotics
    This chart shows how quickly resistance to tigecycline, an antibiotic, spread through a population of Enterococcus faecalis bacteria that was exposed to increasing tigecycline concentrations over the course of 24 days in experiments at Rice University. A mutation in the ...More
    5 hours ago Posted in News
  • Coordinated Effort by Healthcare Facilities Can Prevent Many Infections
    By coordinating with state health departments and communicating with each other about patients with C. difficile and antibiotic-resistant infections, hospitals, long-term acute-care facilities and nursing homes could reduce the number of such hospital-acquired infections ...More
    5 hours ago Posted in News
  • MedStar Washington Neonatal ICU Achieves Three Years Without a Central Line Infection
    Two NICU nurses show a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC). Photo courtesy of MedStar Washington Hospital Center The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center reached a remarkable safety milestone on July 31 -- three years with zero ...More
    10 hours ago Posted in News
  • HIV Grows Despite Treatment, Study Finds
    HIV can continue to grow in patients who are thought to be responding well to treatment, according to research by the University of Liverpool. During treatment for HIV the virus hides in blood cells that are responsible for the patient's immune response. The virus does this ...More
    10 hours ago Posted in News
  • Brain Infection Study Reveals How Disease Spreads From Gut
    Diagnosis of deadly brain conditions could be helped by new research that shows how infectious proteins that cause the disease spread. The study reveals how the proteins -- called prions -- spread from the gut to the brain after a person or animal has eaten contaminated ...More
    10 hours ago Posted in News
  • Infection Prevention Role Stress: A New Look at the Underlying Causes Within the Profession
    The need for infection prevention, as a multidisciplinary function, is a longstanding and widely acknowledged component of safe healthcare. Accreditation and regulatory standards specify that this function must be an organized program coordinated by an individual qualified ...More
    11 hours ago Posted in Articles
  • Spanning Boundaries
    In the Oxford Dictionary “boundary” is defined as “a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line; a limit of a sphere of activity.” “Spanning” is defined as “extend across.” I’m sure we would all agree that ...More
    11 hours ago Posted in Articles
  • Many Adolescents Still Not Getting HPV Vaccine
    The number of 13- to 17-year-old boys and girls getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine increased slightly for the second year in a row, according to data from CDC’s 2014 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen), published recently in Morbidity and ...More
    12 hours ago Posted in News