In Focus, In the News: July 12, 2011

July 12, 2011

A daily synopsis of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) news: current research, news articles, commentaries, and press releases.  In Focus, In the News is published Monday – Thursday on the HAI Focus blog.

Current News About Healthcare Associated Infections


Bloodstream Infections

At APIC New Comparative Effectivenss Research Study Shows RyMed’s InVision-Plus® Intraluminal Protection System Dramatically Reduced Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections.  PR Newswire, July 11, 2011.  “Denise Macklin, BSN, RNC, representing the research team of Dr. Cynthia C. Chernecky Ph.D., RN, AOCN, FAAN, Dr. Jennifer Waller, Ph.D., both from Georgia Health Sciences University; and Dr. William Jarvis M.D., Jason & Jarvis Associates, exhibited a poster at the recent APIC 2011 (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) conference in Baltimore, titled “Clinical Comparisons of Split Septum, Positive and Negative Mechanical Valve Intravenous Connectors to an Intraluminal Protection Connector on Infection Rates.” This comparative effectiveness study shows the success of RyMed Technologies’ InVision-Plus® Intraluminal Protection System ( versus all IV connector classes including split septum, negative and positive.”

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)

BioDerm Sells One Millionth Liberty3.0TM with Zero Attributable Urinary Tract Infections (UTSs). PRWeb, July 7, 2011.

In April 2011, the one millionth Liberty device was sold. Since coming on the market in 2005, users have reported ZERO urinary tract infections attributable to Liberty.

BioDerm General Manager, John DeBella, commented: “We are thrilled to reach the one million mark with Liberty, without a single attributable UTI. We are working hard to expand awareness of this revolutionary product within the entire healthcare community. Together, we can save the healthcare system billions and improve the standard of care for patients in every hospital in the US today.”

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) Infections

Hygie Canada.  Press Release, RETRANSMISSION: HygieTM Canada Limits the Spread of Nosocomial Infections (C. Difficile).  Marketwire, July 11, 2011.  About the Clostridium difficile outbreak in Ontario, the lack of an outbreak in Quebec, and the possibility there is a “causal link between the rate of nosocomial infections being stable in Quebec and [Hygie Canada’s] technology.

(Canada).  Grant La Fleche.  Four new C. diff cases at St. Catharines hospital.  The Standard, July 11, 2011.  About the c. difficile outbreak at St. Catharines Hospital.

The C. difficile outbreak has spread to four new patients at the St. Catharines General Hospital, despite stepped-up infection control measures.

The cases, the last of which was detected July 7, brings the total of new hospital-acquired cases since the outbreak was declared May 28 to 10. This means the outbreak status will remain in effect at least until early next month.

Dr. Joanna Hope, interim Niagara Health System chief of staff, said the hospital needs 30 days free of new cases of C. difficile before an outbreak can be declared over.

(Ontario, Canada). C. difficile tied to death at Guelph hospital. CBC News, Health, July 11, 2011.  “Another death has been linked to an outbreak of Clostridium difficile, officials at a Guelph, Ont., hospital say.”

(Ontario, Canada).  C.difficile outbreak hits fourth health centre in southern Ontario.  CNews, July 6, 2011. “The Niagara Public Health Department is trying to determine if the C. difficile outbreak in three southern Ontario hospitals has spread to a rehab centre.”

Hand Hygiene

(Ireland).  Aolfe Connors. RCPI focuses on hand hygiene to tackle HCAIs.  Irish Medical Times, July 7, 2011.

The RCPI has developed new guidelines for hospital doctors in an attempt to reduce the rate of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs).

The position paper on ‘Healthcare-Associated Infect-ions: What All Doctors Must Know and Do’ highlights the importance of hand hygiene in reducing the spread of infection.

Joint Commission, Survey Standards

Fred Gebhart.  Joint Commission changes survey standards and focus.  Modern Medicine, Drug Topics, 155(7), (July 15, 2011). Joint Commissions National Patient Safety Goals and surveys.

Litigation, Medical Malpractice

Robert Kreisman.  Cook County Judge’s Ruling on Privilege of MRSA Data Reversed by Illinois Appellate Court – Zangara et al. v. Christ Medical Center.  Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney Blog, June 30, 2011.  “A Cook County hospital infection decision by the Illinois Appellate Court clarifies what types of medical records are discoverable.”

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Increase in Staph Pneumonia in Children Mainly Due to MRSA., July 11, 2011.  About a recent article in the July issue of Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

Carrillo-Marquez MA, Hulten KG, Hammerman W, Lamberth L, Mason EO, and SL Kaplan. Staphylococcus aureus Pneumonia in Children in the Era of Community-acquired Methicillin-resistance at Texas Children’s HospitalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 30(7):545-550 (July 2011).  Study about community-acquired Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia in children.

Outbreak Prevention

Canadian Union of Public Employees and Ontario Council of Hospital Unions.  Media Release: Hospital-acquired infection tour urges Ontario health minister to bring down death rates. marketwire, July 11, 2011.

At a Windsor media conference today, hospital staff urged Ontario’s health minister to bring down death rates from hospital-acquired infections by lowering hospital occupancy rates, doing a deep clean of Ontario’s hospitals and providing more resources for cleaning and infection control.

The recent deaths of 20 patients at Ontario hospitals – the majority of them in the Niagara region – from C. difficile has drawn widespread attention to the issue of hospital-acquired infections which are the fourth-leading cause of death and kill between 3,500 and 5,000 people in Ontario hospitals each year. At least one-half of these deaths are preventable.


HyGreen.  Press Release, HyGreen, Inc. to Demonstrate Hand Hygiene System at the 19th Annual AHA Leadership SummitBusiness Wire, July 11, 2011.  HyGreen to showcase its hand hygiene system.

Public Reporting of Infection Rates

(Kentucky). Daniel M. Saman & Kevin T. Kavanagh.  Public, patients have right to know hospitals’ infection rates., July 11, 2011.

Major resources in public health are being mounted nationally to address health-care-acquired infection, which occurs in one in every 20 hospitalizations. Unfortunately, in Kentucky, only outbreaks, not individual infections, are reported, and from October 2009 to October 2010, only four outbreaks were reported in acute care facilities in Kentucky — no C. difficile or MRSA cases.

Although we’re a nation of statistics gatherers, there is one glaring omission in this endless list of measurements: how safe our health care facilities are. These facilities are generally not open about their infection rates, thus not allowing any way to compare one facility to another. There is no meaningful system that allows patients to know the facilities’ infection rates.

Mike Edmond.  SHEA’s Consumer Retort.  Controversies in Hospital Infection Prevention, July 10, 2011.  Post about SHEA’s statement regarding a Consumer Reports’ article about teaching hospitals and hospital quality ratings.

Sterile Processing

Hass, JP.  Infection Control: Managing loaner instruments safely.  OR Nurse, 5(4):12-13 (July 2011). “The rapid pace of change and the high cost of surgical instruments have led institutions to seek alternatives to buying instruments outright. As a result, the use of loaner instruments has become widespread over the past several years.”

Uniforms & Other Dress Attire

Dhende VP, Samanta S, Jones D, Hardin IR, and J Locklin.  One Step Photochemical Synthesis of Permanent, Nonleaching, Ultrathin Antimicrobial Coatings for Textiles and Plastics.  Applied Materials & Interfaces, DOI: 10.1021/am200324f.  Published online June 21, 2011.  Researchers tested a spray-on antimicrobial solution that can be applied to clothing.

New solution can help ‘permanently get rid of germs‘.  BBC News Technology, July 6, 2011.  Researchers tested a spray-on antimicrobial solution that can be applied to clothing.


Employment Positions in Infection Control


Infection Control Nurse, Employee Health.  The Polyclinic.  Greater Seattle Area, Washington.  Posted July 6, 2011.  Support the Polyclinic Surgery Center, Endoscopy & Plastic Surgery departments in all areas of safety with primary emphasis on CMS guidelines as well as other regulatory agencies.

Infection Control Coordinator, Construction.  University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Posted July 8, 2011.  “UPMC Corporate Services is hiring a full-time infection control coordinator-construction for the Construction Management Department. This position will be working regular daylight business hours Monday through Friday in Oakland, PA. The infection control coordinator will coordinate and have oversight of all contracted construction in the healthcare system to assure compliance with system infection control policies and procedures.”

Infection Preventionist.  LEAP, LLC.  Richmond, California.  Perform hospital site visits to address Healthcare Associate Infections.


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