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  • Medicare Data Reveals Differences in Orthopedic Surgical Outcomes
    The more specialized a hospital is in orthopedic surgical care, the better the outcomes appear to be for patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery, University of Iowa researchers report in a new study of Medicare patients.Among more specialized hospitals, there ...More
    February 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Making a Better Medical Safety Checklist
    In the wake of Johns Hopkins’ success in virtually eliminating intensive-care unit bloodstream infections via a simple five-step checklist, the safety scientist who developed and popularized the tool warns medical colleagues that they are no panacea.“Checklists ...More
    February 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Do The Right Thing
    There are times in our lives when we are faced with tough decisions, albeit in our workplace or in our personal lives. These can be as minor as returning the extra dollar we received in our change to making a choice about a job or even a patient.I was faced with such a ...More
    February 15, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Infection Prevention Consulting: Do You Have What it Takes?
    It’s a brave new world for infection preventionists who leave the healthcare institution setting to become independent consultants. We asked a few infection prevention consultants for their thoughts on this kind of career evolution; they are: Gail Bennett, RN, MSN, ...More
    February 15, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Research Team Discovers TB Disease Mechanism and Molecule to Block It
    Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have identified a mechanism used by the tuberculosis bacterium to evade the body's immune system and have identified a compound that blocks the bacterium's ability to survive in the host, which could lead to new drugs to ...More
    February 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Rapid Flu Tests Work Better in Kids Than Adults
    A rapid influenza diagnostic test (RIDT) can provide a diagnosis of flu within 30 minutes – speeding the delivery of antiviral medication if needed – but studies have shown these tests often give false negative results. A new study, “Sensitivity of Rapid ...More
    February 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Updates H1N1-Related Estimates
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released updated estimates of 2009 H1N1 cases and related hospitalizations and deaths from April 2009 through Jan. 16, 2010.The CDC estimates that between 41 million and 84 million cases of 2009 H1N1 occurred ...More
    February 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Mumps Outbreak Continues in New York and New Jersey
    State and local health departments in New York and New Jersey, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), continue to investigate a mumps outbreak that began in New York in June 2009. The index case occurred in a boy aged 11 years who had ...More
    February 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Low Levels of Antibiotics Cause Multidrug Resistance in Superbugs
    For years, doctors have warned patients to finish their antibiotic prescriptions or risk a renewed infection by a "superbug" that can mount a more powerful defense against the same drug. But a new study by Boston University biomedical engineers indicates that treating ...More
    February 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Shows that Johns Hopkins Flu Vaccination Rates Twice National Average
    A campaign that makes seasonal flu vaccinations for hospital staff free, convenient, ubiquitous and hard to ignore succeeds fairly well in moving care providers closer to a state of "herd" immunity and protecting patients from possible infection transmitted by healthcare ...More
    February 12, 2010 Posted in News