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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.

  • Overuse of Blood Transfusions Increases Infection Risk
    Blood transfusions are one of the most common procedures patients receive in the hospital but the more red blood cells they receive, the greater their risk of infection, says a new study led by the University of Michigan Heath System and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. ...More
    April 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • Gut Bacteria Can Cause Life-Threatening Infections in Preterm Babies
    Babies born prematurely are surviving in increasing numbers. But many withstand complications of early birth only to suffer late-onset sepsis — life-threatening bloodstream infections that strike after infants reach 72 hours of age. While early-onset sepsis often is ...More
    March 19, 2014 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Risk Factors for Little-Known Lung Infection
    Severe and sometimes fatal lung disease caused by a group of bacteria in the same family as those that cause tuberculosis is much more common than previously thought, with Caucasians 55 and older at greatest risk, report researchers from the University of Illinois at ...More
    March 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • Battling Infection With Microbes
    A relationship between gut bacteria and blood cell development helps the immune system fight infection, Caltech researchers say. The human relationship with microbial life is complicated. At almost any supermarket, you can pick up both antibacterial soap and probiotic ...More
    March 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Infection is the Leading Cause of Failed Prosthetic Knee Joints
    The number of total knee replacement (TKR) procedures continues to climb, as does the number of revision total knee replacement (RTKR) surgeries. In the study, "The Epidemiology of Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty in the United States," presented today at the 2014 Annual ...More
    March 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Cosmetic Treatment Can Open the Door to Bacteria
    Many people have "fillers" injected into their facial tissue to give them "bee-stung lips" or to smooth out their wrinkles. Unfortunately, a lot of cosmetic treatment customers experience unpleasant side effects in the form of tender subcutaneous lumps that are difficult to ...More
    March 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • NY Health Department Issues Warning About Skin Infections From Handling Live or Raw Fish
    The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced today that it has identified an outbreak of a rare skin infection in persons who handled live or raw fish or seafood that was purchased in markets in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens ...More
    March 6, 2014 Posted in News
  • In the First Moments of Infection, a Division and a Decision
    Using technologies and computational modeling that trace the destiny of single cells, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine describe for the first time the earliest stages of fate determination among white blood cells called T ...More
    March 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Pulling Problem Teeth Before Heart Surgery to Prevent Infection May be a Catch-22
    To pull or not to pull? That is a common question when patients have the potentially dangerous combination of abscessed or infected teeth and the need for heart surgery. In such cases, problem teeth often are removed before surgery, to reduce the risk of infections ...More
    February 27, 2014 Posted in News
  • Loyola Researchers Identify Risk Factor for Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Preemies
    Many premature infants suffer a life-threatening bowel infection called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Researchers at Loyola University Health System have identified a marker to identify those at risk for the infection, enabling doctors to employ early preventive ...More
    February 18, 2014 Posted in News