Significant morbidity and mortality is caused by healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), including surgical site infections (SSIs), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and other healthcare-related infections and conditions caused by drug-resistant pathogens that jeopardize patient safety.

  • Planning for Bacteria in Cancer Patients May Help Hospitals Fight Infections
    What cancerous conditions lead to what kinds of bacterial infections? If doctors knew, they could predict which patients would likely benefit from pre-treatment with certain kinds of antibiotics. A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in this month’s issue ...More
    January 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify New Strategy to Fight Deadly Infection in Cystic Fibrosis
    New research suggests that lowering excessive levels of a protein in immune system cells could be a strategy to clear an infection that is deadly to patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Researchers determined that normalizing levels of the protein, called p62, in cells from ...More
    January 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Vaccine Research Aims to Prevent Recurrent Ear Infections
    Children’s ear infections cause more than pain and sleepless nights; they temporarily disrupt hearing when children are at a critical age for speech and language development. They also have major social and economic costs. But while infants and children receive ...More
    January 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • Rainfall, Brain Infection Linked in Sub-Saharan Africa
    The amount of rainfall affects the number of infant infections leading to hydrocephalus in Uganda, according to a team of researchers who are the first to demonstrate that these brain infections are linked to climate. Hydrocephalus -- literally "water on the brain" -- is ...More
    January 7, 2013 Posted in News
  • New IDSA Guidelines Aim to Reduce Death, Disability and Cost of Prosthetic Joint Infections
    Of the 1 million people each year who get hips and knees replaced, as many as 20,000 will get an infection in the new joint, a number that is expected to skyrocket in the next 20 years. Multispecialty physician teams need to work together to reduce disability, death and ...More
    December 7, 2012 Posted in News
  • Research Shows Iron's Importance in Infection, Suggests New Therapies
    A Kansas State University research team has resolved a 40-year-old debate on the role of iron acquisition in bacterial invasion of animal tissues. The collaborative research -- led by Phillip Klebba, professor and head of the department of biochemistry -- clarifies how ...More
    December 3, 2012 Posted in News
  • Adapting Fish Defenses to Block Human Infections
    Living in an environment teaming with bacteria and fungi, fish have evolved powerful defenses against waterborne pathogens, including antimicrobial peptides located in their gills. Undergraduate researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are studying the biology ...More
    November 30, 2012 Posted in News
  • Researchers Propose Guidelines for Ultrasound Gel and Infections to Reduce Risk
    In the December issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, guidelines have been proposed by epidemiologists from Beaumont Health System to reduce the risk of infection from contaminated gels. The recommendations are based on the authors’ own experiences with an ...More
    November 13, 2012 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • How Infection Can Trigger Autoimmune Disease
    Australian scientists have confirmed a 'weak link' in the immune system – identifying the exact conditions under which an infection can trigger an autoantibody response, a process not clearly understood until now. We have known for many years that autoimmune diseases such ...More
    November 12, 2012 Posted in News
  • Study Suggests New Way to Prevent Recurrent Ear Infections
    Eliminating bacteria’s DNA and boosting antimicrobial proteins that already exist may help prevent middle ear infections from reoccurring. These are the findings from a Nationwide Children’s Hospital study that examined how an immune defense protein common in the middle ear ...More
    October 30, 2012 Posted in News