An Exposure Silver Lining Playbook
Develop an exposure plan before a communicable disease event and save yourself time and money.
FDA Issues Safety Alert on FMT Following Transmission of MDR Organisms
This warning comes after the FDA was made aware of bacterial infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms have occurred following transmission during FMT.
Containing an A baumannii Infection Outbreak Across Multiple Facilities
Research documents inadequate sanitation at a skilled nursing facility and a long-term acute care facility where an individual with A baumannii infection was treated.
Burden of Disease Exposures—Reasons to Invest in Hospital Response
Infectious disease exposures account for a major loss of time loss for RNs and infection preventionists. Here's the true burden.
Study Highlights Impact of CREs on Mortality and Hospital Stays in Lower-Income Countries
Few studies have examined the impact of CRE in low-income and middle-income countries, but now new literature provides much-needed data on antibiotic resistance in these settings.
UPMC Forms Telemedicine Company to Address Infectious Disease Specialist Shortage
With a shortage in specialists, the service could help address an issue that costs health care billions of dollars a year.
Study Finds 32 Predictors of C Diff Infection Recurrence
The authors of a new study say the use of antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors are among the list of risk factors for recurring C diff infections.
Candida and C Diff: Rise in Coinfections Could Be the Next Big Health care-Associated Concern
A new review recommends updated guidelines for diagnosing and managing Candida and C diff coinfection.
Trends in Fluoroquinolone, Cephalosporin Use and C Diff Rates at VA Health Care Facilities
Vanessa Stevens, PhD, discusses her research on fluoroquinolone and cephalosporin prescribing and rates of Clostridium difficile infections at VA health care facilities.
Increased Duration of Postop Antimicrobial Prophylaxis Tied to Adverse Events
Surgical-site infection was not found to be associated with duration of prophylaxis, but adjusted odds of AKI and C diff infection increased with each additional day of antimicrobial exposure.
The Latest Guidance on Cryptococcosis Treatment in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
Here are the most recent recommendations for these tricky fungal infections in solid organ transplant recipients.
Discontinuing Contact Precautions for MRSA, VRE Did Not Affect HAI Rates, Study Finds
The aggregated average HAI rates before and after discontinuing contact precautions were 0.14 and 0.15 MRSA HAI/1000 patient days, 0.06 and 0.04 VRE HAI/1000 patient days, and 0.04 and 0.03 MRSA LabID events/100 admissions.
Can Stethoscopes Transmit Multidrug-Resistant Bacterial Pathogens?
In a South Korean study of contaminated stethoscopes, 23% were confirmed to have at least 1 potential multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogen.
Enterobacteriaceae Use Metabolic Flexibility to Survive 100 Days of Starvation
A new study may help to explain how bacteria present at low levels in healthy human mouths can persist for months and cause hospital outbreaks of drug-resistant infections.
Can We Improve on Airborne Isolation Rooms?
A new approach to ventilation could help reduce airborne nosocomial transmission
The Infectious Disease Physician Well Is Running Dry
A shortage of infectious disease physicians should have us all concerned and here's why.
Tom van der Poll, MD, PhD: Biomarker Guided Therapies for Sepsis
Will biomarker-guided specific therapies the best option for treating sepsis in the future?
Ibrexafungerp Shows Favorable Response to Candida Infections in FURI Initial Assessment
Oral ibrexafungerp demonstrates a favorable therapeutic response in patients with difficult-to-treat Candida infections, including those caused by non-albicans Candida species.
Achieving a Sustained Rate Reduction in Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections
What is the key to success that helped a Spanish hospital achieve an 80% reduction in global incidence of catheter-related bloodstream infections and sustain it over an 8-year period?
FURI Study Case: Ibrexafungerp Successfully Treats Esophageal Candidiasis
After receiving treatment with ibrexafungerp, a patient with esophageal candidiasis gradually improved and by day 54 he was completely asymptomatic.
Are Certain Strains of C Diff Associated With Higher All-Cause Mortality Risks?
Investigators from the University of Sherbrooke found some bacterial strains of C diff are likely associated with mortality in C diff infection, specifically, NAP1/BI/R027.
Significant and Sustained Reduction in Hospital-Onset Candidemia in VA Hospitals
An 18-year retrospective cohort study of 130 hospitals in the US Veterans Health Administration system revealed a significant reduction in cases of hospital-onset candidemia. But what caused the drop?
Most Patients With UTI Symptoms Receive Antibiotics, Yet Lack Evidence of Infection
A new study has uncovered that only one-third of patients who present to the emergency department with suspected UTI have evidence of infection, yet the majority receive antibiotics.
Peggy Lillis Foundation Hosts 4th National C diff Summit and Lobby Day
Contagion® caught up with Christian Lillis, executive director of the Peggy Lillis Foundation, to hear about the organization’s recent efforts, what obstacles it’s facing, and how providers can help.
Candida auris Makes Front-Page News: Public Health Watch
New York Times coverage of the problematic “superbug” generates quite a response.
Hospital-Associated Condition Penalties: What They Really Mean
Are the threats of CMS financial penalties creating tunnel vision for certain hospital-associated conditions?
The Controversial Label of Health Care-Associated Pneumonia
Investigators are now exploring whether the “health care-associated” label for pneumonia is actually doing more damage than anticipated.
Are Arguably Unnecessary Medical Procedures Exposing Patients to Avoidable Risks?: Public Health Watch
Findings of 2 recent studies illustrate the often-preventable risks associated with surgery.
Can Cockroaches in Hospital Environments Harbor MRSA?
A new study of cockroaches collected from an Iranian hospitals sheds light on how these insects can carry and spread resistant microbes.
Reducing Antibiotic Use Cuts Hospital-Onset C Diff Infections
The study found that that acute care hospitals with a 20% reduction in fluoroquinolone or third and fourth generation cephalosporins had a “corresponding decrease” in hospital-onset C diff.
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