Bloodstream Infections

  • New CMS Requirements are In Play... Are You Ready?
    The Oct. 1, 2008 deadline for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to end payment on hospital-acquired conditions which they deem “reasonably preventable” is now behind us. Catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI) is one of eight conditions ...More
    December 31, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Researchers Find Link to Severe Staph Infections
    Researchers at the University of Texas School of Public Health recently described studies that support the link between the severity of community-acquired antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections and the Panton Valentine leukocidin (PVL).The Panton ...More
    December 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Hospital Superbugs on the Rise Despite Prevention Efforts, Study Shows
    Although infection control has been substantially ramped up in Canadian hospitals since the SARS crisis of 2003, resistant bacterial infections post-SARS are multiplying even faster, a new Queen's University study shows.Led by Queen's University epidemiologist Dr. Dick ...More
    November 7, 2008 Posted in News
  • New In-Service Training Program Available for Chlorascrub
    Professional Disposables International, Inc. (PDI®) has introduced a new in-service training program designed to educate healthcare personnel including infection preventionists, physicians, and nurses on the use of Chlorascrub™. Chlorascrub™ is a ...More
    November 5, 2008 Posted in News
  • APIC Launches Consulting Practice
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced the launch of APIC Consulting Services, Inc. (ACSI), a full-service consulting company specializing in infection prevention and control. A wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary of ...More
    October 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Pursue New Strategy to Treat Common Infection
    Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) have successfully tested a genetic strategy designed to improve treatment of human infections caused by the yeast Candida albicans, ranging from diaper rash, vaginitis, oral infections (or thrush, which is common in ...More
    October 27, 2008 Posted in News
  • IHI 5 Million Lives Campaign Enrollment Reaches 4,030 Hospitals
    The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) announced today the progress of the organizations enrolled in the 5 Million Lives Campaign, a national effort to help U.S. hospitals dramatically reduce incidents of avoidable medical harm. The Campaign asks hospitals to ...More
    October 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Downplay MRSA Screening as Effective Infection Control Intervention
    RICHMOND, Va. – Three Virginia Commonwealth University epidemiologists are downplaying the value of mandatory universal nasal screening of patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), arguing that proven, hospital-wide infection control practices ...More
    October 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Science-Based Strategies Take Aim at HAIs
    For the first time, five healthcare leaders have collaborated to publish science-based strategies in a new compendium to help prevent the six most important healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The work is called the Compendium of Strategies to Prevent ...More
    October 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Michigan Success Lands National Research Contract to Reduce Hospital-Associated Infections in 10 States
    LANSING, Mich. -- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces a three-year, $3 million national effort to reduce patients' risk of hospital-associated infections in intensive care units (ICUs).This first-of-its-kind project is modeled after the ...More
    October 7, 2008 Posted in News