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Oct 06, 2017

Oct 06, 2017
Senior dental patient

Study links dental antibiotics to C diff cases

Researchers say better communication about antibiotics is needed, and dentists need to be included in stewardship programs.

Jun 12, 2017

Jun 12, 2017
Hospital room sink

ICU-room sink removal may cut bacterial colonization

Removing sinks and using a "water-free" method of care reduced colonization with gram-negative bacilli.

Jun 06, 2017

Jun 06, 2017
shower head

CDC: Most healthcare-acquired Legionnaires' cases could be prevented

Poorly maintained water systems are typically to blame, and those in long-term care facilities are especially vulnerable.

May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017
Microbiome

Study details flow of microbes in a new hospital

Data showed an interesting ebb and flow, as well as evidence of slowly increasing bacterial resistance.

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.

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