1. Complex Hospital Infection Data Confuses Consumers

    November 24, 2015

    Read the full study in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology Patients have difficulty deciphering complex numeric data on healthcare-associated infections used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help consumers choose hospitals, according to a new study published online today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare […]


  2. Single Patient Rooms Reduce Hospital Acquired Infections – Cornell University

    November 10, 2015

    Read the full study in the Journal of Critical CareIn the war against infections, constructing single-patient rooms – rather than sick-bay style, multi-patient rooms – reduces hospital-acquired infections among patients. A new Cornell-led study finds that the purported high building costs of private hospital rooms are more than offset by the financial benefits of keeping patients […]


  3. ASU Team Develops Quick Way to Determine Bacteria’s Antibiotic Resistance

    September 4, 2015

    Bacteria’s ability to become resistant to antibiotics is a growing issue in health care: Resistant strains result in prolonged illnesses and higher mortality rates.One way to combat this is to determine bacteria’s antibiotic resistance in a given patient, but that often takes days — and time is crucial in treatment. ASU scientists have developed a […]


  4. Hand hygiene, but not census impacts MRSA colonization in NICU

    July 27, 2015

    Hand hygiene compliance affected MRSA colonization in single-patient and open-model rooms alike in a neonatal ICU, but average daily census only affected infants in single-patient rooms, according to research published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.Further, single-patient rooms did not reduce rates of MRSA colonization, late-onset sepsis or death in a retrospective cohort study conducted […]


  5. Study: Healthcare Workers Are Not Removing PPE Correctly

    July 17, 2015

    The study was published as a brief report in the American Journal of Infection Control. Fewer than 1 in 6 healthcare workers (HCW) followed all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for the removal of personal protective equipment (PPE) after patient care, according to a brief report published in the July issue of […]


  6. Study: Underlying Reasons Associated with Hospital Readmission Following Surgery in USA

    July 8, 2015

    Originally published in JAMA February 2015Financial penalties for readmission have been expanded beyond medical conditions to include surgical procedures. Hospitals are working to reduce readmissions; however, little is known about the reasons for surgical readmission.The most common reason for unplanned readmission was surgical site infection (SSI) overall (19.5%) and also after colectomy or proctectomy (25.8%), […]


  7. New Report : 1 in 4 Hospitals Must Improve Hand Hygiene Practices to Prevent Infections

    June 16, 2015

    Based on data taken from the 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Survey of 1,501 U.S. hospitals and analyzed by Castlight Health. Simple handwashing is the best known way to prevent hospital infections, but according to a report released today by nonprofit hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of hospitals surveyed have not implemented all […]


  8. Study: Staphylococcus aureus infections following knee and hip prosthesis insertion procedures

    June 9, 2015

    From the Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control The impact of surgical site infections (SSIs) following prosthesis procedures is devastating, often leading to higher mortality, prolonged hospitalizations, frequent readmissions, and increased costs and overall healthcare burden. According to the United States (US) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), SSI rates following total knee or hip arthroplasty procedures […]


  9. How Hospital Acquired Infections Lead to Direct, Indirect and Unintended Hospital Costs

    June 2, 2015

    Roughly 1.7 million hospital-associated infections occur annually in acute-care hospitals which result in tens of thousands of patient deaths and cost billions of dollars to the healthcare system.”We have to get to the bottom of why it is that we keep having the number of drug-resistant healthcare-associated infections that are currently reported” Lynn White, MD, […]



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