Top News: #Infections

Here are the top read news for #Infections:

boy-with-turtleCDC sounds the alarm about salmonella risk from small turtles:

Stay away from small turtles: they are behind four separate salmonella outbreaks that sickened 133 people across the U.S. since last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an announcement today, the CDC said epidemiological and laboratory tests have confirmed the outbreaks were linked to contact with small turtles or their environments (i.e. water from a turtle habitat): Read more


cre-superbugSuperbugs could kill more people than cancer, report warns:

If left unchecked, the spread of these lethal infections could lead to “an extremely disturbing 10 million [deaths] every year, more people than currently die from cancer,” the report said. The overuse of antibiotics means more bugs are developing resistance to the drugs and can’t be wiped out through standard treatment. If antibiotics lose their effectiveness to fight infections, routine operations such cesarean sections, joint replacements, and gut surgeries will carry higher risks including death: Read more


paradise-valley-hospitals_770Inspectors Find Calif. Hospital’s Pharmacy Posed Infection Risk:

More than 7,300 patients at a San Diego-area hospital may have been exposed to infection from contaminated medications last year, state records show. The problems were traced to the compounding pharmacy lab at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California, where inspectors found “dust, stains and foreign material” in a supposedly sterile environment in which thousands of intravenous medications were prepared over eight months — from Jan. 1 to Aug. 18: Read more


handwashingsHand washing stops infections, so why do health care workers skip it?:

Today, of course, doctors and nurses know that germs spread disease and that hand hygiene is critical. But that doesn’t mean we health care workers are washing up as often as we should. For instance, a study in 2010 examining research on hand hygiene in hospitals around the world reported that just 40 percent of health care workers comply with recommended hand hygiene guidelines which, at a minimum, emphasize proper hand hygiene before and after touching the patient: Read more


F1BB7EDF4C37422BB5C93D8E00FD4045.ashxStrategic Dispenser Placement is Important for Hand Hygiene in Hospitals:

What matters most isn’t putting up more dispensers, but making sure they are correctly placed. In fact, studies show that optimizing dispenser placement can increase usage by more than 50 percent, and that simply increasing the number of dispensers has a smaller impact on usage than keeping the same number of dispensers but making them more prominently visible. “Nurses can walk miles during a single shift; they shouldn’t have to go out of their way to get to the hand hygiene dispenser” said Tom Bergin, marketing director for the AfH Professional Hygiene business at SCA North America: Read more