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Bloodstream Infections

  • FDA Raises Concerns About Positive-Displacement Needleless Connectors
    In a letter to infection preventionists, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is informing them about positive displacement needleless connectors and the possible link to several patient deaths associated with bloodstream infections (BSIs). ...More
    August 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Choosing the Best Design for Intravenous Needleless Connectors to Prevent Bloodstream Infections
    Healthcare-associated catheter-related bloodstream infections (HA-BSIs) remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. ...More
    July 28, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Lessons From Efforts to Halt HAIs
    Johns Hopkins researcher argues that arrogance, lack of transparency stand in way of saving lives. ...More
    July 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • Oregon Announces First HAI Report
    The Office of Oregon Health Policy Research (OHPR) has released a new report that compares healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) rates at 58 healthcare facilities statewide. According to the report, an analysis conducted on Oregon hospitals from 2003 through 2005 estimated ...More
    June 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • Pennsylvania HAI Report Showing Marked Improvements
    Pennsylvania’s ongoing efforts to protect patients from unnecessary infections in healthcare settings are bringing measurable results, said Gov. Edward G. Rendell as he released a report showing marked improvements in the number of healthcare-acquired infections ...More
    June 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • Facility Recognized for Efforts to Reduce CAUTIs
    The Stern Family Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation (CECR) of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. was recently recognized by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) for its efforts in significantly reducing catheter-associated urinary ...More
    June 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researcher Awarded Grant to Study Meningitis Mechanism
    A white blood cell that normally removes bacteria from the bloodstream helps Escherichia coli (E. coli) accumulate in the blood and enter the brain resulting in the deadly infection known as meningitis. Prasadarao V. Nemani, PhD, a scientist at The Saban Research Institute ...More
    June 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Risk of Post-Surgical Staph Infection May Depend on Procedure
    Patients may be at greater risk of developing invasive Staphylococcus aureus infections, following cardiothoracic and neurosurgical procedures compared with orthopedic or plastic surgical procedures according to a study published in the July issue of Infection Control and ...More
    June 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • National Initiative to Reduce Infections in Cardiac Surgery is Announced
    Underscoring the importance of the infection rate information released by the CDC, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) Foundation today announced that the FOCUS Cardiac Surgery Patient Safety Initiative will develop, test and validate tools to eliminate ...More
    June 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • HHS Secretary Issues Statement on HAI Prevention Progress
    The secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, Kathleen Sebelius, has issued the following statement:  “Today, we are releasing a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which shows our nation is making progress ...More
    May 27, 2010 Posted in News