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Bloodstream Infections

  • Intensive, Hands-on Effort Reduces Bloodstream Infections in Critically Ill Patients
    Nurses on a surgical intensive care unit (SICU) at a large academic medical center cut bloodstream infections to zero and saved more than $200,000 during a six-month period. The University of Maryland Medical Center SICU sustained a rate of zero central line-associated ...More
    June 28, 2011 Posted in News
  • Researchers Suggest New Way of Looking at What Causes Sepsis
    Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital have put forward a new theory as to what causes sepsis, an often fatal condition that occurs when infection spreads throughout the body. Leaking blood vessels may actually be a cause of sepsis, rather than a symptom as previously ...More
    June 23, 2011 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find Potential New Way to Fight Sepsis
    By digging a little deeper, researchers may have found a potential target for reversing the deadly blood infection sepsis. Scientists at the University of Michigan Health System looked at microRNA, a type of RNA that does not code for a protein itself but that can regulate ...More
    June 10, 2011 Posted in News
  • Going Beyond the Guidelines When it Comes to Fighting Sepsis
    The Surviving Sepsis Campaign is a global effort to improve the care of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. The first Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines were published in 2004 with an updated version published in 2008. These guidelines have been endorsed by many ...More
    June 7, 2011 Posted in News
  • Survey Shows Vancomycin Continues to Dominate MRSA Treatment
    According to surveyed infectious disease specialists and internists as well as hospital patient-level medical data, Decision Resources and Arlington Medical Resources (AMR) find that vancomycin—which has experienced increasing usage over the past five years—continues to ...More
    May 23, 2011 Posted in News
  • Disinfection Cap for Needleless IV Connectors Provides Reduction in Bloodstream Infections
    Early results of a prospective, peer-reviewed clinical trial demonstrated SwabCap® improved disinfection and allowed for reduced central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates by more than 79 percent in a four-hospital system according to a scientific poster ...More
    May 11, 2011 Posted in News
  • ICUs in Michigan Sustain Zero Bloodstream Infections for Up to Two Years
    Intensive care units (ICUs) in both large and small hospitals stopped central line-associated bloodstream infections for up to two years after using a targeted quality improvement initiative funded in part by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The initiative, ...More
    May 9, 2011 Posted in News
  • 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