Bloodstream Infections


  • 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
  • New Test Could Catch Serious Infections in Babies
    BOSTON -- A simple blood test may help detect serious bacterial infections (SBIs) like urinary tract infections and bloodstream infections in young infants who come to the emergency department (ED) with fevers that have no clear cause. Researchers at Children's Hospital ...More
    October 6, 2008 Posted in News
  • Baxter’s Antimicrobial IV Technology Shown to Kill 6 Common Pathogens Including MRSA and VRE
    DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Baxter Healthcare Corporation today announced that it received FDA 510(k) clearance for expanded labeling for the first antimicrobial needleless intravenous (IV) connector, V-Link Luer-activated device (LAD) with VitalShield protective coating.  With ...More
    September 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Sage Products Poll Reveals Top Infection Control Prevention Priorities
    Sage Products, Inc. recently conducted an opinion poll that found that infection control practitioners’ (ICPs) top infection prevention priorities are (in order of priority):1. Multiple drug-resistant organisms (MDROs), 28%2. Surgical site infections, 24%3. ...More
    September 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • B. Braun Introduces Silver Impregnated Needle-Free Luer Access Device
    BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- B. Braun Medical Inc. announces it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for the industry’s first silver-impregnated antibacterial Luer Access Device (LAD) designed to reduce potential catheter-related bloodstream infections. B. Braun’s ...More
    September 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • Antimicrobials: Healthcare's Silver Bullet Against HAIs?
    By many accounts, antimicrobials are looked to as the silver bullets of the healthcare arsenal against pathogenic microorganisms. Defined broadly, an antibacterial is an agent that interferes with the growth and reproduction of bacteria. Researchers at Tufts ...More
    August 28, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Medical Devices Pose Big Infection Threat
    Healthcare workers have long been trying to prevent infections related to medical devices, but must try even harder as of Oct. 1, 2008, when regulations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) go into effect. As a result, hospitals will no longer ...More
    August 28, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • APIC Issues Statement on New CMS Payment Regulations
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kathy Warye, CEO of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), issued the following statement today: “Beginning Oct. 1, 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will no longer reimburse ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News