Updated Infection Prevention Guidelines: Eight Key Components

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Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and the rise of antibiotic resistance continue to confront healthcare facilities around the world.  Even though a large portion of HAIs are preventable through effective infection prevention and control (IPC) measures the World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that seven percent of patients in developed countries and 10 percent in developing countries will acquire at least one HAI.1 … Read More

Hand Hygiene Compliance: Not That Simple

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In 1847, Ignaz Semmelweiss made a landmark discovery. He noted that the incidence of puerpal (childbed) fever, a female reproductive tract infection occurring after childbirth or miscarriage could be drastically cut by the use of hand washing with chlorinated lime solutions.  Semmelweiss’ hypothesis — that there was only one cause and all that mattered was cleanliness — was extreme at … Read More

Optimizing Your SSI Prevention Program

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Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a serious concern for healthcare providers due to the significant clinical and financial burdens associated with them. Although infection control practices have advanced in recent years, including improved operating room ventilation, sterilization methods, barriers, surgical techniques and availability of antimicrobial prophylaxis, SSIs remain a substantial cause of morbidity, prolonged hospitalization and death. SSIs are associated … Read More

Five Strategies for Boosting CAUTI Prevention

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Urinary tract infections are the most common type of reported healthcare-associated infection. Of those that occur in the hospital, nearly 75 percent are linked to an indwelling urinary catheter (IUC). CAUTI infections increased 6 percent between 2008 and 2013, and it is estimated that between 400,000 and 500,000 CAUTIs occur each year. These are frightening statistics. But as a healthcare … Read More

Three Things You Need to Know about Sepsis

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A six-letter word is sparking people to fight at the government level, state level and even at the bedside. That word is “sepsis,” and this emerging complication was just recently dubbed by the CDC as a “medical emergency” and “unrecognized killer.” Sepsis has been making the news—it was revealed in June that legendary boxer Muhammad Ali died not from Parkinson’s … Read More

What’s Really Hiding behind Hospital Privacy Curtains?

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Room environment plays a large role in the transmission of healthcare associated infections (HAIs), and that role is getting some significant attention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the most frequently touched or high touch surfaces in a patient’s room. These items—such as the bedside table, bedrails and remote control—are touched numerous times throughout the day, not … Read More