The Joint Commission is merging its two online infection prevention resources into one convenient, expanded tool: the Infection Prevention and Healthcare Acquired Infection (HAI) Portal.
Halyard Health, a global medical technology company focused on preventing infection, eliminating pain and speeding recovery, announces the recipients of the Josh Nahum Special Award for Achievement in the Infection Prevention and Control
Sometimes the most commonly used tools for stopping infections are not quite enough to combat the ongoing struggle against hospital-acquired infections. As outlined in the recent Consumer Reports article, “Deadly hospital infections are still too common,” prevention measures such as hand hygiene, wound care and limiting use of central lines and urinary catheters are hugely important. But infection control can and should go far beyond these steps. One million Americans suffer from hospital-acquired infections each year – with a mortality rate of 100,000 per year and a price tag many times that, healthcare facilities must take advantage of every available tool to control and reduce the spread of disease.
Elderly patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) are about 35 percent more likely to die within five years of leaving the hospital if they develop an infection during their stay, a new study finds.
The Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences today announced that Steven M.
Infection preventionists are invited to participate in the Partnership in Prevention Award Webinar presented by the U.S.
By all accounts, Ebola—the disease that has long struck fear in us as images of suffering in sub-Sahara Africa fill our TV screens and movies depict uncontrolled outbreaks—has now become a very real pandemic that is wiping out villages and rapidly crossing borders. As I write this article, the virus has killed nearly 5,000 people with thousands more infected. The United Nations estimates that it will need more than $1 billion to fight the epidemic and President Obama has already begun sending an estimated 4,000 U.S. military personnel and many more military medical staff to train the thousands of healthcare providers who will be needed to care for patients and prevent transmission of the disease.
Two approaches to infection prevention that are being used in hospitals today bear continued scrutiny as multidrug-resistant organisms proliferate, emphasize experts writing in a recent commentary in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Edward Septimus, MD, of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and of Hospital Corporation of America in Nashville, Tenn. and his co-authors urge clinicians to carefully consider the clinical advantages and cost-related disadvantages to each strategy.
The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) announces the launch of AIM: Assess, Implement and Maintain.