A new study of procedure-specific trends in postoperative complications finds that most of 10 types of operations have improved rates of surgical site and bladder infections since 2008.
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the number one most costly hospital acquired infection (HAI).
Each year, about 200 million adults needing medical intervention in the United States have an IV inserted into their arm to deliver vital fluids, nutrients and medicines.
Cells lining blood vessels in the lungs that are exposed to bacterial toxins don’t die easy, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.
A study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators found that surgical patients believed to be allergic to penicillin were significantly more likely to develop surgical site infections than were patients with no documented alle
Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) can be prevented through well-coordinated, multifaceted programs.
Blood culture plate showing S. aureus growth. Courtesy of Jesper Smit
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While hospitals grapple with what operating room (OR) infection control procedures work best, a new study of Texas hospitals has determined two areas that stand out: mandating sterile operating conditions at or close to the wound itself;
By Kelly M. Pyrek