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Aug 11, 2010

Aug 11, 2010

Healthcare-related MRSA decreases, but reasons unclear

(CIDRAP News) – A new large-scale study of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections shows that infection rates have dropped in hospitalized people and those recently exposed to healthcare settings, but experts aren't sure what factors are driving the decline.

Jun 09, 2010

Jun 09, 2010

Audits find infection control gaps at ambulatory surgical centers

(CIDRAP News) – An observational survey of infection control practices in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) in three states found that two thirds of the centers had at least one lapse and nearly 18% had three or more gaps in five reviewed areas, researchers from two federal agencies reported yesterday.

May 27, 2010

May 27, 2010

CDC reports drop in healthcare-related blood infections

(CIDRAP News) – Reports from 17 states show that one major type of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) dropped 18% in the first half of 2009, suggesting that the healthcare system is making progress in the battle against infections in hospitals, national health officials announced today.

May 04, 2010

May 04, 2010

CDC joins WHO push for better hand hygiene in healthcare

(CIDRAP News) – A day before the May 5 call toaction from the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve hand hygienepractices in healthcare workers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) held a clinicians teleconference on the topic and said it would unveil anew online resource tomorrow as part of the day's events.

Apr 14, 2010

Apr 14, 2010

HHS sees little progress on healthcare-related infections

(CIDRAP News) – The latest data show little progress in eliminating healthcare-associated infections, with several types increasing, according to a report released yesterday by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Mar 22, 2010

Mar 22, 2010

Researchers outline ways to control MRSA in hospitals

(CIDRAP News) – Healthcare-associated infections in hospitals, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can be controlled through a variety of strategies that can be tuned to local and national systems, according to research presented this past weekend.

Mar 17, 2010

Mar 17, 2010

Flu vaccination for health workers: Mandate or persuade?

(CIDRAP News) – Requiring healthcare workers to get vaccinated against influenza is one effective way to boost their vaccination rates, and another may be to target immunization messages to workers who are relatively isolated from coworkers, according to reports being presented this week at a conference on healthcare-associated infections.

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