Infections

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.


  • Columbia Nursing Study Exposes Infection Risks in Home Health
    Millions of Americans depend on home healthcare services to recover from surgeries and hospital stays, as well as to manage daily life with chronic conditions. But all too often, evidence-based practices for preventing infections aren't followed when care is provided at ...More
    June 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Answers Questions About Infections During Chemotherapy
    Each year nearly 650,000 patients receive chemotherapy in outpatient oncology clinics in the United States. Despite advances in care, infections remain a major cause of hospitalization and death among cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. In fact, more than 60,000 cancer ...More
    April 30, 2014 Posted in News
  • Outcome of Stroke Worse for People with Infection
    Evidence is mounting that infection makes things much worse after a stroke. A team of scientists at the University of Manchester has now found a key to why and how infection is such a bad thing for stroke sufferers. In the research published today in the medical journal ...More
    April 15, 2014 Posted in News
  • Walking May Help Protect Kidney Disease Patients Against Heart Disease, Infections
    Just a modest amount of exercise may help reduce kidney disease patients' risks of developing heart disease and infections, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). Heart disease and infection are major ...More
    April 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • 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