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Bloodstream Infections

  • Peripheral Venous Catheters Pose Infection Risk
    A new study from Rhode Island Hospital has found that more than one in 10 catheter-related bloodstream infections due to Staph aureus in hospitalized adults are caused by infected peripheral venous catheters (PVC). The study points out the substantial medical burden that ...More
    May 3, 2011 Posted in News
  • Streptococci, E. coli Continue to Put Newborns at Risk for Sepsis
    Bloodstream infections in newborns can lead to serious complications with substantial morbidity and mortality. What's more, the pathogens responsible for neonatal infections have changed over time. In recent years, however, antibiotic prophylaxis given to at-risk mothers ...More
    April 25, 2011 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Updated Bloodstream Infection Prevention Guidelines
    New guidelines, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), outline steps to eliminate bloodstream infections in patients with intravenous catheters, which are among the most ...More
    April 1, 2011 Posted in News
  • Remove Children's Catheters Timely to Prevent Bloodstream Infections
    Hospitals can reduce the risk of life-threatening bloodstream infections in children with peripherally inserted central venous catheters by assessing daily the patient's progress and removing the device as early as possible, according to a new Johns Hopkins Children's ...More
    March 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • Team Works to Save Lives, Reduce Costs by Identifying Leading Risk Factors for Sepsis
    Sepsis, a life-threatening bacterial infection of the blood, is an unwanted and costly complication to patients and the healthcare system. New research at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has identified major elective surgeries in which sepsis occurs most often ...More
    March 9, 2011 Posted in News
  • Stamping Out Sepsis: A Global Goal
    In late 2010, a global group called out sepsis for what it is: a medical emergency beyond national boarders. The Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) — which represents about 250,000 intensive and critical care physicians around the world — is urging healthcare providers, patients ...More
    February 15, 2011 Posted in Articles
  • Safety Checklist Use Yields 10 Percent Drop in Hospital Deaths
    A Johns Hopkins-led safety checklist program that virtually eliminated bloodstream infections in hospital intensive-care units throughout Michigan appears to have also reduced deaths by 10 percent, a new study suggests. Although prior research showed a major reduction in ...More
    January 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • APIC Leads Effort to Eliminate Bloodstream Infections
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced a major initiative to eliminate one of the most preventable and deadly infections that patients can acquire in healthcare facilities: central line-associated bloodstream ...More
    January 25, 2011 Posted in News
  • Infusion Nurses Keep Patients Safer, Help Reduce Healthcare Costs
    Nearly everyone who is admitted to a hospital has an IV inserted. If you're on the receiving end of an IV catheter, you know you want an expert who can get it right the first time. Nurses who specialize in infusion therapy, and in particular credentialed nurses (Certified ...More
    January 18, 2011 Posted in News
  • Multiple Interventions, Improved Procedures and Technology Help UNC Hospitals Reduce CLABSIs
    Employing multiple interventions and armed with technology, clinicians at the University of North Carolina Hospitals worked with their hospital epidemiologists and infection preventionists and were able to reduce their rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections ...More
    December 6, 2010 Posted in News