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Nov 22, 2016

Nov 22, 2016
Starting an IV line

Probe finds central-line infections still problematic in US hospitals

Though the CDC reported good progress earlier this year, central-line infections remain a key problem.

Nov 11, 2016

Nov 11, 2016
hospital ventilator

WHO details recent Saudi hospital MERS cluster

The WHO's update on 13 cases reported from Saudi Arabia also includes a pair of household contacts and some cases with camel exposure.

Nov 10, 2016

Nov 10, 2016
cystic fibrosis

Study describes spread of drug-resistant bug that infects cystic fibrosis patients

The bacterium may have recently evolved to spread person to person, as it becomes more virulent.

Nov 03, 2016

Nov 03, 2016
Surgery

WHO guidance says no routine post-surgery antibiotics

The WHO says preventive antibiotics should be used before and during surgery but not after.

Oct 27, 2016

Oct 27, 2016
Nurse wearing scrubs

Study: Dangerous bacteria can end up on nurses' scrubs

The pockets and sleeves of nurses' scrubs showed contamination 10% of the time.

Oct 14, 2016

Oct 14, 2016
Open heart surgery

CDC warns of infections tied to heart surgery device

The concern comes after heater-cooler devices were found to be contaminated with Mycobacterium chimaera.

Aug 23, 2016

Aug 23, 2016
Blurry gurney

CDC urges fast action on preventing, treating sepsis

The condition strikes quickly and can lead to tissue failure, organ damage, and death.

Jul 19, 2016

Jul 19, 2016
Patient on ventilator

IDSA: Use short course of antibiotics for hospital pneumonia

Hospital-acquired and ventilator-related pneumonia get a 7-day course, IDSA says.

Jun 22, 2016

Jun 22, 2016
IV port

Rule ties hospital antibiotic stewardship to Medicare funds

Feds say coordinated activities can save $1 billion a year.

Apr 28, 2016

Apr 28, 2016
IV antibiotic

Report: Antibiotic stewardship programs lower infections, improve care

A case-study series from the Pew Charitable Trusts profiles the impact of antibiotic stewardship programs, which also include cost savings.

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