HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released the first in a series of healthcare “success story” reports that document innovative programs and initiatives that can serve as models for a reformed American healthcare system.
Staphylococcus epidermidis is quite an opportunist. Commonly found on human skin, the bacteria pose little danger. But S. epidermidis is a leading cause of infections in hospitals.
Hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are working together to improve care in the intensive care unit (ICU). Critical care is expensive, with ICU costs representing more than 20 percent of a hospital’s total operating costs.
The first of six online courses to educate healthcare professionals on preventing the transmission of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is being launched by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (AP
Since the age of Ignaz Semmelweiss, healthcare practitioners have been admonished to cleanse their hands before coming in contact with patients.
The increased attention to patient safety in healthcare facilities has been driven by regulatory agencies, advocacy groups, litigators and most importantly, the patients themselves.
Acinetobacter and Long-term Acute Care
Long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) provide an important segment in the continuum of care for a small population (estimated 2 percent to 3 percent) of acute care pat
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found a high frequency of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative rods (GNRs) in two of the largest neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in the city of Manila, Philippines.
It can take just hours after the symptoms appear for someone to die from bacterial meningitis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common healthcare-acquired infection, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all nosocomial infections.