Infection Control

Feb 13, 2018
The physical environment of hospitals and other health care facilities can contribute to efforts to reduce the risk of health care-associated infections (HAIs). From the placement of hand sanitizer to maximize use to managing water systems to minimize pathogens, the physical environment plays an…
Jan 11, 2018
Hospitals reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections by 50% between 2008 and 2016, according to a new progress summary by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report also shows progress by hospitals in reducing other healthcare-associated infections, including…
Dec 6, 2017
Participants in a national collaborative to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections in nursing homes say the project empowered them to work with physicians and other team members to implement evidence-based practices to prevent and control infections, despite occasional challenges with…
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Infection Control

Nov 9, 2017
The public, oversight bodies, payers and elected officials are forcefully articulating their expectations that America's health care providers increase their efforts to combat the spread of infections during the course of care.
Hospitals engage in numerous initiatives to improve infection control and provide safer care to their patients, but in the never-ending fight against increasingly virulent organisms, hospitals are looking for more effective ways to protect patients from infections. Many knowledgeable and well-…
Jul 5, 2017
Two common antibiotics can help hospital outpatients heal from small skin infections involving Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, according to a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, the study…
May 19, 2017
Long-term care facilities participating in a federal project led by the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 54%, according to a study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The project adapted the Agency for Healthcare Research…
Apr 26, 2017
AHA comment letter to Food and Drug Administration on "Bacterial Risk Control Strategies for Blood Collection Establishments and Transfusion Services To Enhance the Safety and Availability of Platelets for Transfusion" draft guidance.
Apr 21, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued recommendations for diagnosing and managing patients who may be infected with a Shigella strain less susceptible to the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin. Shigella bacteria can cause Shigellosis, a diarrheal disease that should be reported…
Mar 6, 2017
China has reported 460 human infections with the H7N9 avian flu virus since last October, more than in any year since the novel virus emerged there in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week. During the prior years, 88% of patients developed pneumonia, 68% were…
Nov 28, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accepting comments on a proposed update to its 2011 recommendations for the use of chlorhexidine-impregnated dressings to prevent intravascular catheter-related infections. The draft recommendation update is based on a systematic review of the…