Top News: #InfectionControl

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Nurses donning gownsStudy reveals why gowns and gloves can be so dangerous for hospital workers:

A hospital ought to be the last place to get a life-threatening infection, but it happens. A new study helps explain why. Researchers asked real hospital workers to remove gowns and gloves smeared with fake bacteria. When they did, the fake bacteria wound up on their skin or clothes 46% of the time, according to their report published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. Read more


Cleaning Hospital Rooms with Chemicals, UV Rays Cuts Superbug Transmissions:

In a hospital, what you can’t see could hurt you. Healthcare facilities continue to battle drug-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that loiter on surfaces even after patient rooms have been cleaned and can cause new, sometimes-deadly infections. But a new study from Duke Medicine has found that using a combination of chemicals and UV light to clean patient rooms cut transmission of four major superbugs by a cumulative 30 percent among a specific group of patients — those who stay overnight in a room where someone with a known positive culture or infection of a drug-resistant organism had previously been treated. Read more

UV Light Cut C. diff Transmissions by 25 Percent on Oncology Floors:

Robots are capable of all sorts of tasks to help better treat cancer: They connect oncologists to patients remotely, make incisions, staple them shut, deliver “nano” therapies–and they clean rooms. New research from Penn Medicine infection control specialists found that ultraviolet (UV) robots helped reduce the rates transmission of the common bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile among cancer inpatients – mostly blood cancer patients, a group more vulnerable to hospital-acquired infections – by 25 percent. The interventions also saved about $150,000 in annual direct medical costs. Read more


sheaInfection Control Experts Announce Recommendations to Reduce Overuse in Medicine:

Today the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), released a list of five practices to avoid for better infection prevention and control and safer care as part of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign. The recommendations can support conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary.

Drug-resistant E. coli infections on the rise in community hospitals:

Drug-resistant E. coli infections are on the rise in community hospitals, where more than half of U.S. patients receive their health care, according to a new study from Duke Medicine. Read more