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Bloodstream Infections

  • Premier and CDC Collaborating on e-Prediction of Bloodstream Infections in Patients
    The Premier healthcare alliance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today a joint research initiative to test new technologies for predicting incidents of central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), as well as to automate the ...More
    May 3, 2010 Posted in News
  • The Bundle and Beyond
    At the Infusion Nursing Society (INS) meeting in May 2009 a panel discussion was held to address methods of reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). This article presents results experienced by clinicians in their continuing efforts to reduce ...More
    May 3, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Who is at Risk for MRSA?
    A multi-center study led by a researcher at Rhode Island Hospital has determined that long-term elder care, HIV-infected and hemodialysis patients are at increased risk of carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in their nose. The study also found that ...More
    April 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Has Led to Changes in Pneumococcal Infections
    In the decade since the introduction of pneumococcal vaccination, significant shifts have occurred in the bacterial strains causing serious pneumococcal infections in children, according to a pair of studies in the April issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • VHA Recognizes Hospitals for Efforts to Reduce MRSA Infections and Improve Patient Care
    VHA Inc. recently recognized 13 hospitals in its Central Atlantic region for their efforts to improve patient care and reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired infections, specifically methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, which are difficult and ...More
    April 8, 2010 Posted in News
  • CareFusion to Acquire Medegen for $225 Million
    Global medical device company CareFusion Corp. today announced an agreement to acquire Medegen, an innovator in clinically differentiated needleless access valves and administration sets that deliver intravenous (IV) medication to patients, for $225 million in cash."Medegen ...More
    April 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Treating Blood Infections Tops Annual Hospital Cost Increases
    Hospital costs for treating septicemia increased by an average of nearly 12 percent each year from 1997 to 2007, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Costs for treating this potentially deadly blood infection ...More
    March 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Conventional Infection Control Measures Found Effective in Reducing MRSA Rates
    Scientists at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center found a compliance with non-pathogen specific infection control practices such as hand hygiene, efforts to reduce device-related infections and chlorhexidine bathing, is successful for reducing rates of ...More
    March 20, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Catheter-Related Infection Prevention: A Review of the Basics
    Catheters, both central venous and urinary, are medical devices that save lives, but they also can contribute to significant patient morbidity and mortality if the proper techniques for insertion, maintenance and removal are not followed. We review the basics of ...More
    March 17, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • In the Fight Against Life-Threatening Catheter Infections, Length of Use Is Key
    Hospitals may reduce the risk of life-threatening bloodstream infections in newborns with peripherally inserted central venous catheters by replacing the device every 30 days or so, according to a new Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study.The daily risk of getting a ...More
    March 15, 2010 Posted in News