Surveillance & Epidemiology

Electronic surveillance and informatics are used by infection preventionists to assist in the detection of outbreaks of infectious diseases caused by pathogenic organisms in the healthcare setting. Data mining complements the numbers crunching performed by hospital epidemiologists to track transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) and facilitates public reporting of infection rates

  • APIC Introduces Guide to Elimination of Infections in Hemodialysis
    In an effort to establish universally accepted best practices for protecting patients undergoing hemodialysis, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has published a Guide to the Elimination of Infections in Hemodialysis. Following ...More
    June 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Infection Rate in Accredited Ambulatory Facilities is Lower than in Hospitals
    The American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) says that a recent article widely reported on in the press, Infection Control Assessment of Ambulatory Surgical Centers, by Melissa K Schaefer, Michael Jhung et al. (JAMA ...More
    June 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Examines CF Survival Rates and MRSA Infections
    A team of researchers led by Elliott Dasenbrook, MD, MHS, assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and associate director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program at University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s ...More
    June 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • APIC Announces Second MRSA Prevalence Study
    As a follow-up to the ground-breaking national MRSA prevalence study conducted in 2006, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced the launch of the “2010 National U.S. Inpatient Healthcare Facility Methicillin-Resistant ...More
    June 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • How Bacteria Boost the Immune System
    Scientists have long known that certain types of bacteria boost the immune system. Now, Loyola University Health System researchers have discovered how bacteria perform this essential task.Senior author Katherine L. Knight, PhD, and colleagues report their discovery in a ...More
    June 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Grant Supports Development of Antimicrobial Sutures to Combat Infection
    A new discovery may help curb surgical site infections (SSI) through the use of a novel antibiotic agent that can be incorporated into sutures. SSIs are the third most common hospital-acquired infection and may be associated with severe morbidity and mortality. Since more ...More
    June 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • HHS Issues Statement on Recent Study of Infection Control Practices in ASCs
    Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the following statement: "Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare ...More
    June 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • 48 Cases of Salmonellosis Now Associated with Outbreak Linked to Subway Restaurants in Illinois
    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has reported 48 cases of Salmonella ser. Hvittingfoss associated with the ongoing investigation of illnesses among customers who ate at certain Subway restaurants in Illinois. All cases are recovering, of which 17 had been ...More
    June 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • Microban Helps Medical Manufacturers Address HAIs
    Microban International, a global leader in built-in antimicrobial product protection, announced today a new initiative designed to help medical device manufacturers get to market quicker with antimicrobial solutions for 510(k) registered medical devices used in hospitals ...More
    June 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Examines ICU Outbreak of Staph Aureus With Resistance to Methicillin and Linezolid
    An outbreak of infection due to linezolid and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LRSA) in 12 intensive care unit patients in Spain was associated with transmission within the hospital and extensive usage of the antibiotic linezolid, often used for the treatment of ...More
    June 8, 2010 Posted in News