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The Contagion® Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) specialty page provides HAI-specific clinical news and articles, coverage from conferences and meetings, links to condition-specific resources, and videos and other content.


Rapid Blood Assay Predicts Mortality Risk Levels of Sepsis
A new rapid blood assay could help physicians to get ahead of sepsis by predicting which patients are at low, medium and high risk for the infection.
At Risk for <i>Acinetobacter Baumannii</i>: Factors That Increase Colonization in Patients
From an infection prevention perspective, the nature of Acinetobacter baumannii makes it an organism on the radar for prevention efforts against health care-associated infections.
CDC Report Finds Declines in Key HAIs, but No Significant Change in Others: Public Health Watch
Agency’s annual report on healthcare-associated bugs highlights reduced incidence of CLABSI, CAUTI, and C diff.
Improvements in Understanding <i>C diff</i> for Health Care Facility-Associated Cases
Rates of health care facility-acquired C diff seemed to show improvement, but understanding community-acquired cases better in the future can help aid prevention efforts.
Contact Precautions in Long-Term VA Facilities Don't Cut MRSA Infections, Study Shows
Although use of gowns and gloves in targeted settings may still be helpful in preventing health care-associated infections, contact precaution policies in VA long-term care facilities had no impact on MRSA acquisition.
Pathogen-Negative Sepsis Is a Strong Candidate for Stewardship
A large majority of sepsis patients are pathogen-negative, yet empiric prescribing of antibiotics varies significantly from patient to patient.
Eravacycline: The Next Frontier in <i>C diff</i> Treatment?
Eravacycline may be an option for patients with a history of C diff or those with a history of infections who are at risk for developing the infection.
The Impact of Infectious Disease Consults on <i>C diff</i> and Antibiotic Stewardship
While infectious disease consultations reduced the amount of antibiotics used for patients, it only affected C diff rates at 1 of 3 hospitals in the study.
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