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A Multifaceted Infection Control Intervention Is Successful in Decreasing MRSA

Hi, this is Dr. William Jarvis, President of Jason and Jarvis Associates and Medscape Infectious Diseases expert advisor. We’ve seen a continuation of the debate about whether active surveillance testing of patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) — thereby identifying both colonized as well as infected patients and placing them in contact isolation with hand hygiene and environmental cleaning (otherwise known as active detection and isolation) — should be fully implemented… (watch video)

First hospital-specific report on healthcare associated infections released

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today released a report on a class of infections acquired in Connecticut acute care hospitals. The report will guide future hospital and state prevention activities, and assess progress in preventing healthcare-associated infections.

“This report is the first of its kind in Connecticut, allowing consumers to view infection data reported by Connecticut hospitals,” stated DPH Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen. “Hospitals can also use it to assess their infection control programs and track their progress in reducing health care associated infections against national data.” (read more)

Disinfectant Surface Wipes: Effective or Simply Convenient?

Is it OK to take a 10-day antibiotic for only two days because you think you feel better?

Of course not. It just doesn’t work and can even be downright dangerous.

Is it OK to leave a chemical disinfectant on a surface for only seconds when the prescribed instructions require a full 5 or 10-minute contact time?

Of course not. It doesn’t work and can be downright dangerous. (read more)

New faucets may harbor more bacteria than old kind

Those hands-free electronic water faucets that seem to be in every public bathroom may not be that great at keeping us germ free after all.

A study of newly installed fixtures at Johns Hopkins Hospital showed the faucets were more likely to be contaminated with a common and hazardous bacteria than the old fashioned faucets with separate handles for hot and cold water. (read more)

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