Infection Control News

Infection control ‘bundle’ key in reducing MRSA

A targeted infection control strategy universally instituted at U.S. Veterans Affairs hospitals dramatically increased number of patients actively cultured for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and reduced the number of hospital-associated infections during a three-year period.

Health care-associated MRSA incidence in ICUs decreased more than 60% and rates in non-ICU settings declined 45% compared with the two years prior to implementation, data indicate. (read more)

ASHE, APIC Issue Statement on Recently Presented Research on Electronic Faucets

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) have issued a joint statement:

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) support and celebrate the presentation of new scientific evidence from professional organizations. On April 2, 2011, Dr. Sydnor and her colleagues at Johns Hopkins Health System presented an abstract, titled Electronic-eye Faucets: Help or Hindrance to Infection Control and Prevention, at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting in Dallas. In brief, this investigation found that 50 percent of cultures of water from 20 electronic, infrared-activated faucets revealed the presence of Legionella spp., compared with 15 percent of the cultures from 20 manual faucets. Water from the electronic fixtures also had a higher proportion of other bacteria, 26 percent as compared to 13 percent for the manual fixtures, but this is not a statistically significant difference. (read more)

Hand washing monitor reduces infection rate in Miami hospital

A new system that automatically monitors hand washing at hospitals looks to dramatically lower the infection rate.

Infections acquired in the hospital are dangerous for patients, especially children being treated for cancer. (read more)

Study Finds Drop in Deadly V.A. Hospital Infections

ATLANTA — An aggressive four-year effort to reduce the spread of deadly bacterial infections at veterans’ hospitals is showing impressive results and may have broad implications at medical centers across the country, according to the first comprehensive assessment of the program, which was released Wednesday afternoon.

The study of 153 Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide found a 62 percent drop in the rate of infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, in intensive care units over a 32-month period. There was a 45 percent drop in MRSA prevalence in other hospital wards, like surgical and rehabilitation units. (read more)

Hand washing may be effective as HFMD control measure

Emphasizing proper hand washing during outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease and herpangina caused by the human enterovirus 71 infection may help to control the outbreak, according to a study published online.

Researchers from the Chinese Field Epidemiology Training Program of the CDC in Beijing submitted a questionnaire to parents of children living in the Qiaosi Township of the Zhejiang province of China during the outbreak, which began in late April and ended at the end of June 2008. (read more)

Hospital workers and infections: training needed

As a registered nurse at a hospital in Montreal, I care for patients dealing with nosocomial infections every day. Although patients today are growing older and becoming more sick, this is not the only reason hospital-borne infections are on the rise/not improving.

It is good to see more infection-control nurses being trained, but any persons (doctors, patient attendants, transport) who come into contact with a patient should be trained in basic infection-control procedures (such as hand-washing and wearing gowns and gloves when appropriate) as well. (read more)

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