Top News: HCAIs

Here are the top read news for #HCAIs:

la-1473810308-snap-oNo one knows how many patients are dying from superbug infections in California hospitals:

On her medical chart, a doctor scribbled “CRKP,” an ominous abbreviation for one of the world’s most lethal superbugs, underlining it three times. Doctors tried antibiotic after antibiotic. But after five weeks in the hospital, mostly in intensive care and on morphine because of the pain, McMullen died. Her death certificate does not mention the hospital-acquired infection or CRKP, however. Instead, her doctor wrote that McMullen had died from respiratory failure and septic shock caused by her ulcer: Read more


well_pog_doctors-master315-v2Copper Sinks and Faucets May Stem Hospital Infections:

The highest bacterial concentrations were on toilet flush handles. But on average, fixtures in copper-equipped rooms had concentrations of bacteria about 98 percent lower than in rooms furnished with traditional equipment, whether the rooms were occupied or not. On half of the copper components, the researchers were unable to grow any bacteria at all: Read more



dental-infectionInfection Outbreak Shines Light On Water Risks At Dentists Offices:

Investigators learned that the water supply to the building wasn’t contaminated. Ultimately, they traced the infection to the dental unit waterlines — the flexible plastic tubes that carry water to the hoses that rinse your mouth. The researchers weren’t surprised that the tubes turned out to be the source of the problem. Keeping waterlines clean can be a challenge for dentists: Read more



b99447375z-1_20160930194837_000_gfj15m1mf-1-0DMC, state agree to monitor for instrument woes:

The action comes two weeks after state inspectors found the hospital in violation of the state health code because of lax training. The state’s investigation was prompted by a Detroit News series that documented 11 years of complaints about dirty, broken and missing instruments. The issues complicated operations including brain surgeries, heart repairs and spinal fusions, kept patients under anesthesia unnecessarily and led to cancellations of dozens of operations: Read more



manuka-honeyManuka honey could stave off catheter-associated UTIs:

Manuka honey has long been hailed as a health food, with a number of studies reporting its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Now, a new study provides further evidence of such benefits, after finding it can halt the development of bacterial biofilms – groups of microorganisms that can adhere to surfaces and facilitate transmission of infections: Read more