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Sep 19, 2012

Sep 19, 2012

New tools aim to improve infection tracking in long-term care

(CIDRAP News) – A national medical organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a pair of new tools designed to set a national standard for the tracking of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in long-term care settings.

Dec 20, 2012

Dec 20, 2012

Attack rate in fungal meningitis outbreak estimated at 4.4%

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers estimate from preliminary data that 4.4% of patients who were exposed to contaminated steroid drugs from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy contracted fungal meningitis or other fungal infections, according to a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Feb 12, 2013

Feb 12, 2013

US report card on hospital infections shows steady improvement

(CIDRAP News) – A new snapshot of infections acquired at US health facilities shows encouraging reductions in some notable areas, with room for improvement in others, such as catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported yesterday.

Mar 05, 2013

Mar 05, 2013

CDC warns of drug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today warned of a new type of antibiotic-resistant threat that is more dangerous than methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), but could be curbed now with prompt action from health leaders, healthcare workers, and even patients, they say.

Apr 24, 2013

Apr 24, 2013

MRSA dropping in hospitals; elsewhere, not so much

(CIDRAP News) – The latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that hospitals have cut their incidence of invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in half since 2005, but the decline in community-associated MRSA infections has been far more modest.

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