Bloodstream Infections


  • 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
  • ICU Infection Rates Not a Good Measure of Mortality Risk
    ICU-acquired infection rates are not an indication of patients’ mortality risk, according to researchers the University of Pennsylvania, undermining a central tenet of many pay-for-performance initiatives. Public reporting of quality data is increasingly common in ...More
    May 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Premier and CDC Collaborating on e-Prediction of Bloodstream Infections in Patients
    The Premier healthcare alliance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today a joint research initiative to test new technologies for predicting incidents of central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), as well as to automate the ...More
    May 3, 2010 Posted in News
  • The Bundle and Beyond
    At the Infusion Nursing Society (INS) meeting in May 2009 a panel discussion was held to address methods of reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). This article presents results experienced by clinicians in their continuing efforts to reduce ...More
    May 3, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Who is at Risk for MRSA?
    A multi-center study led by a researcher at Rhode Island Hospital has determined that long-term elder care, HIV-infected and hemodialysis patients are at increased risk of carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in their nose. The study also found that ...More
    April 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Has Led to Changes in Pneumococcal Infections
    In the decade since the introduction of pneumococcal vaccination, significant shifts have occurred in the bacterial strains causing serious pneumococcal infections in children, according to a pair of studies in the April issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. ...More
    April 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • VHA Recognizes Hospitals for Efforts to Reduce MRSA Infections and Improve Patient Care
    VHA Inc. recently recognized 13 hospitals in its Central Atlantic region for their efforts to improve patient care and reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired infections, specifically methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, which are difficult and ...More
    April 8, 2010 Posted in News
  • CareFusion to Acquire Medegen for $225 Million
    Global medical device company CareFusion Corp. today announced an agreement to acquire Medegen, an innovator in clinically differentiated needleless access valves and administration sets that deliver intravenous (IV) medication to patients, for $225 million in cash."Medegen ...More
    April 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Treating Blood Infections Tops Annual Hospital Cost Increases
    Hospital costs for treating septicemia increased by an average of nearly 12 percent each year from 1997 to 2007, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Costs for treating this potentially deadly blood infection ...More
    March 24, 2010 Posted in News