Updated: 3/29/2017 at 1:45 PM EST.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) continue to plague hospitals and long-term care facilities across the country, although, a recent report from shows that strategies to prevent these infections have made progress in decreasing their incidence since 2010. Still, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated
that a least one healthcare-associated infection is reported in about one in 25 hospitals on any given day.
When it comes to keeping up on the latest news regarding these harmful infections, the newest strategies being used to prevent them, antimicrobial stewardship efforts, and treating infections caused by organisms that have managed to develop resistance to current antibiotics, the annual Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Spring Conference is a gold mine packed full of information from key opinion leaders in the field, and Contagion®
will be reporting on the conference for the second year in a row.
Since our inception in February 2016, Contagion®
has kept readers current on new findings pertaining to healthcare-associated infections
. Two of the big culprits that are most commonly behind these harmful and costly infections are Clostridium difficile
and Staphylococcus aureus
The CDC estimates
that C. difficile
accounted for about half a million infections in the United States in 2011, and the infection claim 29,000 lives within 30 days of initial diagnosis. Because of the seriousness
of this infection, researchers around the world have dedicated their efforts to expanding screening
, prevention, and treatment
efforts in the hopes that the numbers can be reduced. At last year’s SHEA Conference, we interviewed
Robin Jump, MD, PhD, about the burden of C. difficile
in the hospital setting and up-and-coming prevention methods that healthcare providers can use to help manage these infections.