Healthcare-Associated Infections

  • SHEA Comments on New CDC HAI Data
    Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing national progress in the fight against healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).  National trends show a decrease in reported HAIs, including reduced prevalence of central line-associated ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Despite Progress, Ongoing Efforts Needed to Combat Infections Impacting Hospital Patients
    On any given day, approximately 1 in 25 U.S. patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of their hospital care, adding up to about 722,000 infections in 2011, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Efforts to Lower HAI Rates are Having Success, Study Finds
    Efforts to lower the incidence of dangerous infections acquired by patients in the hospital or other care settings and a federal strategy to improve those activities are the subject of a series of articles published by the journal Medical Care. Researchers found that a ...More
    February 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • National Plan for Preventing HAIs Shows Progress
    Independent evaluators have found that measurable progress in reducing the rates of some targeted healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) has been achieved under the umbrella of a national plan to prevent HAIs that was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human ...More
    January 23, 2014 Posted in News
  • Success Story: Healthcare Association Collaboration Aims to Reduce HAIs Through Small Actions
    Healthcare professionals around the country are rallying to reduce infection rates by promoting sustained behaviors, fostering a shared sense of purpose and empowering individuals to make a difference at every level of care. The new initiative, called OneTogether: The Power ...More
    January 15, 2014 Posted in Articles, Environmental Hygiene
  • MDROs: An Equal Challenge for Healthcare Facilities and Communities
    By Alicia Canales Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) causing healthcare- and community-associated infections are a growing concern still within the medical community. With little to no development in creating new antibiotics, hospitals are having to think outside of the ...More
    January 5, 2014 Posted in Articles, Policies and Practice
  • Evidence-Based Guidelines for Preventing HAIs in NHS Hospitals in England are Released
    The Journal of Hospital Infection (JHI) has just released the awaited epic3 guidelines on infection prevention and control for a range of healthcare professionals. They are freely available online on ScienceDirect and on the journal’s website. The guidelines were ...More
    December 12, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Reports on the High Cost of Cardiac Surgery-Related HAIs
    After cardiac surgery, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are common complications associated with increased morbidity, mortality and use of resources. Study findings reported at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013 by investigators from the ...More
    November 18, 2013 Posted in News
  • Kansas HAI Report is Released
    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) recently released the first statewide report on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in Kansas hospitals. The report suggests that in 2011, Kansas facilities had significantly fewer HAIs than expected. Specifically, ...More
    September 30, 2013 Posted in News
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