Bloodstream Infections

  • 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
  • Association for Vascular Access Hosts Webinar on “Building a Better Bundle”
    The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) will host a Webinar, “Building a Better Bundle,” on Aug. 13, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT.  The free Webinar is supported by an educational grant from Ethicon, Inc. and its BIOPATCH® protective Disk with CHG. ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • MRSA Bloodstream Infections Continue to Fall in the UK
    The Health Protection Agency in the United Kingdom has released its latest quarterly figures on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections and Clostridium difficile infections in the UK. These relate to the January to March 2008 period, the ...More
    July 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Being an MRSA Carrier Increases Risk of Infection and Death
    Patients harboring methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) for long periods of time continue to be at increased risk of MRSA infection and death, according to a new study in the July 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, currently available online.MRSA is an ...More
    July 2, 2008 Posted in News
  • Medical Device Innovation is Vital to Patient Safety
    One out of every 20 hospital patients contracts a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) during their stay, resulting in approximately 2 million infections and 90,000 deaths each year, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — a mortality rate greater ...More
    June 30, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Study Identifies Infection, Sepsis Among Most Costly Adverse Events in Children's Hospitals
    A large study of health records from 38 American children’s hospitals has measured adverse events that most increase length of stay and overall cost. The researchers say their findings provide useful targets for hospital programs aimed at preventing harm to young ...More
    June 2, 2008 Posted in News
  • Sepsis Educational Program Results in Death Rate Decline
    A national educational effort in Spain to promote appropriate care for severe sepsis and septic shock was associated with a lower rate of sepsis deaths in hospitals and improved guideline adherence, although the improvement in compliance with some resuscitation procedures ...More
    May 27, 2008 Posted in News
  • A New Era of Bug-Busting: Informatics, Surveillance and Outbreak Investigation
    Modern infection control practitioners (ICPs) need advanced techniques for detecting outbreaks, surveillance, screening and tracking. Innovative developments offer refined techniques to curtail healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). ICPs have more to do than just finding ...More
    May 19, 2008 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Cardinal Health Completes Enturia Acquisition
    DUBLIN, Ohio -- Cardinal Health, a global provider of products and services that improve the safety and productivity of healthcare, today announced it has completed the acquisition of assets of privately held Enturia, Inc., the manufacturer of infection prevention products ...More
    May 12, 2008 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Catheters Give Life but Sometimes Take It
    Central venous catheters (CVCs) are becoming increasingly popular in outpatient and inpatient settings to provide long-term venous access. Their benefit is undeniable, but there are consequences and they can be startling. CVCs disrupt skin integrity and therefore leave the ...More
    April 16, 2008 Posted in Articles