Infection Control News

Infection control ‘will be hit by nursing cuts’

Progress made in tackling hospital infections in Scotland could come under threat if nursing numbers are cut, representatives of the profession has warned.

Ellen Hudson, an associate director at the Royal College of Nursing, made the comments as the Healthcare Associated Infection task force report for 2008-11 was published. (read more)

CVPH sees increase in VRE, not in infection rates

PLATTSBURGH — Infection-control staff at CVPH Medical Center have identified an internal increase in the drug-resistant strain of a common infection-causing bacteria.

But the hospital continues to work on reducing the potential for infections. (read more)

Experts Agree U.S. Needs to Step Up Infection Control Efforts Starting With Hand Hygiene Practices

MUNDELEIN, IL–(Marketwire – March 16, 2011) – U.S. healthcare facilities are grossly underperforming in hand hygiene compliance, which could impact healthcare-associated infections and patient safety, said two of the world’s foremost experts on infection prevention and hand hygiene. (read more)

Wash Your Hands? You May Now Approach the Patient Bed

Newswise — Each year patients in the U.S. get more than a million infections while in the hospital being treated for something else. The best way to prevent infection is to practice proper hand hygiene, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, when a caregiver enters a patient’s room in an intensive care unit, a new, fully automated system will sense whether he has cleaned his hands. UIC is the fourth hospital in the country to install Xhale Innovations’ HyGreen Hand Hygiene System. (read more)

Risk Factors, Assessment Play Into Orthopedic SSI Prevention

Now that surgical site infections (SSIs) are being targeted for reduction by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in its Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections, hospitals have even greater incentive to address orthopedic-related SSIs which present immense costs and significant morbidity and mortality. According to the Guide to the Elimination of Orthopedic Surgical Site Infections, APIC’s latest elimination guide released in January, it is estimated that between 6,000 and 20,000 orthopedic SSIs occur annually, increasing the average hospital stay by two weeks and increasing the costs of these procedures by as much as 300 percent. (read more)

How Patients & Hospitals Can Help Prevent the Spread of HAIs

Newswise — Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) represent a growing concern for both patients and healthcare providers across the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 1.7 million HAIs occur each year and contribute to the death of 99,000. Additionally, HAIs are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in the death of more people annually than AIDS, breast cancer and auto accidents combined. (read more)

Illinois Hospital Report Card Adds Infection Control Data

The Illinois Department of Public Health has added several updates to the Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Health Care website, including new information about hospital-acquired infection prevention and control staffing and rates of newborn breastfeeding in hospitals, according to an IDPH news release.

The infection control staffing measures now available on the website show the number of infection prevention and control staff for every 100 authorized hospital beds. These new data supplement the information on central line-associated bloodstream infections already provided on the report card. (read more)

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