Infection Control - April 2019

Two Oklahoma hospitals held off spread of ‘superbug’

Both incidents reflect the growing problem of multidrug-resistant Candida auris

4/30/2019


Deadly fungus must spur big changes in infection control

Expert says the best way to prepare for Candida auris is to really examine the culture around infection control in the nursing home

4/26/2019


Hospitals deploy a range of methods against superbugs

C. auris can survive for weeks outside a patient

4/26/2019


Study: 14 percent of new hospital patients carry superbugs

Researchers found multidrug-resistant organisms in 29 percent of patient rooms

4/26/2019


Study finds low hand-hygiene compliance in ICUs

Hand-hygiene compliance was lowest when moving from dirtier to cleaner patient-care tasks

4/25/2019


Contaminated duodenoscopes linked to 3 new deaths, 45 more infections

FDA says manufacturers must increase post-market studies

4/24/2019


Ebola surge experiences two consecutive record-setting days

The surge came just as WHO emergency committee decided the developments did not constitute an international public health emergency

4/23/2019


Research links antimicrobial resistance and climate change

Researchers noticed that resistance increased as temperatures warmed in the U.S.

4/23/2019


Study says privacy curtains often contaminated with superbugs

Researchers also found bedside curtain contamination was linked to patients becoming colonized with MRSA and VRE

4/23/2019


FDA issues final rule on hand sanitizers

The rule says certain active ingredients are not allowed to be used

4/23/2019


Study says petting zoos are breeding grounds for drug-resistant superbugs

Petting zoos can result in shedding and transmission of multi-drug resistant pathogens

4/23/2019



Legionnaires' cases increasing

The number of people with Legionnaires’ disease grew by nearly five times from 2000-2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

4/22/2019


Candida auris cases in U.S. rise to 587

The fungus infection is on the rise worldwide

4/18/2019


Third baby dies in Glasgow after contracting hospital infection

Two extremely premature babies have already died at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital

4/18/2019


Nursing homes using special soap on patients to fight drug-resistant germs

At least 2 million people in the U.S. become infected with an antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year

4/18/2019


Baltimore area hospitals bar youth visitors amid measles concerns

With a case of the measles reported, a health system is not allowing visitors under the age of 14

4/18/2019


WHO decides Congo Ebola outbreak is not an international emergency

Declaring the outbreak a 'public health emergency of international concern' would have boosted international response

4/17/2019


Scientists see new superbugs in the future

Drug-resistant infections affect 2 million people a year in the United States

4/17/2019


E. coli strain found in NYC hospital

Researchers identified a highly resistant strain of Escherichia coli in four patients

4/17/2019


Fault-detection software can support Increased air optimization and infectious disease prevention

In the last decade, the number of people getting sick from Legionella bacteria in healthcare and hospital environments has substantially increased

4/17/2019


Why Candida auris is an 'emerging threat'

Candida auris is continuing to spread in hospitals around the world

4/16/2019


Caution urged in outbreak of deadly fungus in Chicago area

Candida auris has sickened more than 150 people in Illinois, most of them in the Chicago area

4/16/2019


Secrecy around drug-resistant outbreaks in hospitals debated

The rise of a deadly drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris has raised questions about the policy of secrecy

4/16/2019


Are biofilms from hospital shower pipes harmful?

Some new bacteria with characteristics of species known to be harmful were seen

4/15/2019


Health worker among new Congo Ebola patients

Eighty-two health workers have been infected

4/12/2019


CDC: Almost half infected by Candida auris die in 90 days

The fungus, which preys on people with weakened immune systems, is spreading around the world

4/11/2019


Hospital vows ‘robust’ cleaning procedures after deaths linked to pigeon droppings

In 2018, two patients at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital died from infection linked to pigeon droppings

4/11/2019


Longer terminal cleaning may not be more effective

A study was conducted at an acute care Veterans Affairs hospital in Temple, Texas

4/9/2019


1 in 4 healthcare facilities lacks basic water services

UNICEF and WHO say many health centers lack basic facilities for hand hygiene and safe segregation and disposal of healthcare waste

4/9/2019


WHO says Congo Ebola outbreak spreading faster than ever

Each of the past two weeks have registered a record number of new cases

4/8/2019


26 states report high flu activity

Flu was widespread in 34 states and Puerto Rico for the week ending March 23

4/5/2019


Legionnaires’ confirmed in dead Calif. prison inmate

The Stockton facility is a hospital and a prison

4/3/2019


Four causes of recent Legionella cases

Establishing three prevention protocols can save lives

4/3/2019


Ebola outbreak spreads to another large city in Congo

Bunia is the second-largest city in eastern Congo to confirm a case during the current outbreak

4/1/2019



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