In Focus, In the News: July 5, 2011

July 4, 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.  Stay informed by checking in daily to In Focus, In the News.

Current News About Healthcare Associated Infections


Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) don’t stop occurring simply because it’s a holiday, nor does the news about HAIs stop.  I was amazed at the number of news stories in the press about HAIs over the weekend, part of which can be attributed to the APIC and International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC) annual conferences held this past week.  Due to the holiday, In Focus, In the News wasn’t published on July 4th.  Thus, today’s edition  is packed with useful and current information presented in the news and professional journals since last Thursday.  I hope you find it useful for your practice needs.  – Julie Reagan

Antibiotic Resistance

Srisangkaew, S., Boonnark, A., Kunakorn, M., and P. Santanirand.  Pprevalence and antibiotic resistance profile of bacterial isolates from wounds in burn unit and a nearby trauma ward at Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand.  Poster presentation from the ICPIC 2011 Conference.  The high incidence of bacterial infection and high prevalence of MDR strains in burn units has become another challenge for medical staff and infection control programs.

Press Release, World HAI Forum: Global Call to Action to Fight Antibiotic Resistance. PRNewswire, June 30, 2011.  About the World HAI Forum on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) held June 27-29, 2011.

Bloodstream Infections

Hampton, T.  Central Line-Related Infections.  JAMA, 305(24):2510 (June 22/29, 2011).

Dark, P, Dunn, G, Chadwick, P, Young, D, Bentley, A, Carlson, G, and G. Warhurst.  The clinical diagnostic accuracy of rapid detection of healthcare-associated bloodstream infection in intensive care using multipathogen real-time PCR technology.  BMJ Open, 2011-000181, published online June 30, 2011.

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)

Rehab facility finds way to slash CAUTI rate., June 30, 2011.  About Nebraska rehabilitation hospital team approach effort to reduce  infections from urinary catheters.

The interdisciplinary team at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, one of the largest free-standing rehabilitation hospitals in the country, reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 89% over a 14-month period, according to an abstract presented June 28 in Baltimore at the 38th Annual Educational Conference and International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) Infections

(Canada).  Hospital reports patient death related to C. difficile outbreak in Welland.  Niagara Falls Review, July 3, 2011.  Article about a second patient death associated with a c. difficile outbreak at Welland General Hospital.

(Canada).  Married couple dies from C. Diff 10 weeks apart., July 2, 2011.  About married couple who both contracted C. diff and died from the infection. Article also presents numbers of C. diff cases by hospital.

(Canada) Sanders, N.  Canadians concerned about C. difficile., July 1, 2011.  Canadians in the Niagara region have called for protest against C. difficile outbreak.

(Canada) Clarkson, B.  Protest called as C. difficile cases rise to 14 in Falls.  Niagara Falls Review, June 30, 2011.  About C. difficile cases at Greater Niagara general Hospital.  A city councillor is planning a protest to call attention to the “crisis” at the hospital.

Hand Hygiene

Key Accomplishments, Improving Hand Hygiene.  Niagara Health Now, June 30, 2011.  About hand hygiene motion-activated kiosks and hand hygiene champions.

Press Release, Antimicrobial Wipe Kleenhanz Suggested for Holiday Travel Infection Control. PR Newswire, June 30, 2011.  About hand wipes for traveling.

Infection Control Training

(Hong Kong).  Lam, CHS, Ching, PTY, Seto, WH, Jarvis, W, and D Pittet.  The Hong Kong infection control nurses’ association (HKICNA) – small establishment big impact.  BMC Proceedings 2011, 5(Suppl 6):P1.  Development of the Hong Kong infection control nurses’ association (HKICNA) and its impact on knowledge of infection control.

Infection Prevention Efforts

Kulkarni, S.  A Hospital’s Newest Weapon Against Infection:  Duct Tape. Capsules, the KHN Blog, June 30, 2011.

Influenza, Patients

Press Release, Infectious Disease Experts Call for Better Understanding of How to Protect Older Americans from Influenza.  BusinessWire, June 29, 2011.  Regarding a new brief issued by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases about influenza prevention in people 65 and older.

Americans 65 years of age and older are at the highest risk of developing severe complications from influenza, but these same individuals receive less protection from annual influenza vaccination than others. While annual vaccination is the best means of protection for everyone, including older adults, a brief issued by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) urges the healthcare community to take action to increase understanding of the immunization challenges and new opportunities for protecting older Americans from influenza.


(Georgia).  Press Release, Partnership for Health and Accountability Launches New Quality Initiative: eliminating Preventable Harm.  Georgia Hospital Association, June 28, 2011.  About collaboratives offered by the Georgia Hospital Association to reduce or eliminate hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) and hospital-acquired infections (HAI).

Partnership for Patients

Partnership for Patients-National Priorities Partnership. Patient Safety Webinar Series.  Summary of Webinar 1: An Overview of the Partnership for Patients and Getting Started in Your Organization. Summary of the first Partnership for Patients Webinar.


(North Carolina) Press Release, Hospira Applauds North Carolina’s New Legislation aimed at Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections.  PRNewswire, June 29, 2011.  Hospira’s support for North Carolina’s new healthcare-associated infections (HAI) law establishing a HAI statewide surveillance and reporting system.

Bernhard, B.  Bill would put MRSA on Illinois death certificates., July 3, 2011. About Illinois legislation requiring MRSA cause of death notation on death certificates.

Long-term Care

Eikelenboom-Boskamp, A., Haenen, A., and A. Voss.  EurSafety Health-net: development of an Euregional infection control quality certificate for nursing homes.  BMC Proceedings 2001, S(Suppl 6):P164.  Poster presentation at the International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC 2011), Geneva, Switzerland.  About the development of an infection control quality improvement program for nursing homes.

Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDROs)

Yin, S.  Controversy Over Isolation of MDR Gram-Negative Patients. Medscape News, June 30, 2011.  About presentation by Dr. Ebbing Lautenbach, MD, MPH, MSCE at the APIC 2011 Annual Meeting.

The number of new antibiotics that can be used to treat multidrug-resistant (MDR) Gram-negative infections is dwindling. New antibacterial drugs will not be the fallback strategy to fight MDR Gram-negative rods in the next 10 years, Ebbing Lautenbach, MD, MPH, MSCE, told attendees here at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology 2011 Annual Meeting.

Yin, S.  Controversy Over Isolation of MDR Gram-Negative Patients.  Medscape News, June 30, 2011. About the treatment of patients with multidrug-resistant (MDR) infections.

People Making News in the Healthcare-Associated Infections Field

Press Release, U-M Hospitals & Health Centers CEO Becomes Chair of Michigan Health & Hospital Association.  PR Newswire, July 1, 2011.  Doug Strong, MBA, the CEO of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (UMHHC) will become the chair of the board of trustees of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) starting July 1, 2011.  Strong is recognized for numerous accomplishments for improving the quality, safety, efficiency and appropriateness of care at University of Michigan.  UMHHC was a key participant in the MHA Keystone efforts to reduce hospital-acquired infections.

(Iowa).  Trinity names Jean Doerge as new vice president of quality.  Quad-Cities Online, June 20, 2011.  Ms. Jean Doerge is the new vice president of quality, overseeing quality assurance, infection control, and other responsibilities at Trinity Regional Health Systems’ three hospital campuses.

GOJO Skin Care Scientist Wins Award for Alcohol-Based Handrub Efficacy Abstract.  Infection Control Today, June 30, 2011.  GOJO skin care and technology scientist Sara Edmonds, MS, is awarded the APIC 2011 William A. Rutala Award for her abstract on formulation excellence.


Karon, A.  Triad alcohol wipes investigated in second death.  JSOnline, July 1, 2011.  About the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into a second death that may be linked to contaminated alcohol wipes.

Aleccia, J.  FDA probes new death, infections tied to tainted wipes., July 1, 2011.  FDA investigation into whether alcohol prep products led to the death of a 66-year old man who developed a bacterial infection after treatment for skin cancer and diabetes.

Press Release, Copper reduces infection risk by more than 40 percent.  EurekAlert!, July 1, 2011.

Copper kills 97 percent of hospital ICU bacteria: study. Reuters, July 1, 2011.  About study of antimicrobial copper used on hospital surfaces and reduction of bacteria.

Press Release, New Technology Kills Bacteria That Cause Hospital Infections.  PRNewswire, July 1, 2011.   Study presented at the World Health Organization’s 1st International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) in Geneva, Switzerland determined efficacy of antimicrobial copper in reducing pathogens in hospital rooms.

Press Release, Analysis: Socks, bedpans among copper’s growth markets.  Reuters, June 30, 2011.  About copper’s anti-infection properties and results of a 4-year study.


(Canada).  Press Release, Hospital-acquired infection tour urges Ontario health minister to bring down death rates.  Marketwire, June 30, 2011.  At a news conference, hospital staff urged Ontario’s health minister to reduce death rates from hospital-acquired infections by lowering occupancy rates, conducting a deep clean of hospitals, and increasing resources for cleaning and infection control.

Studies suggest that hospital-acquired infections kill between 3,200 and 5,000 Ontarians each year. While health care leaders make a direct connection between hospital overcrowding and superbug outbreaks, the Ontario government policies will lead to another 5,000 bed cuts province-wide. Hospital bed occupancy is at a record level (over 97 per cent) and Ontario has fewer hospital beds per 1,000 of the population than any province. Countries, like the Netherlands, with much lower occupancy rates have correspondingly lower death rates from hospital-acquired infections.

Safe Injections

Press Release, Injection safety efforts eliminate immunization-related infections in sub-Saharan Africa. Unicef, July 1, 2011.

Sterile Processing

(Michigan).  Setter, H.  Bay Regional Medical Center took steps to keep surgical tools clean after sterilization machines malfunctioned., July 2, 2011. About malfunction of sterilization machines that, according to the article, left surgical tools inadequately cleaned.


Employment Positions in Infection Control


Infection Preventionist.  Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Posted on June 30, 2011.  Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center in Northeast Philadelphia is currently recruiting for a Full-time Infection Control Practitioner to work in our Infection Control Department.

Public Health Analyst II-Epidemiology.  Emergint Technologies, Inc.  Atlanta, Georgia. Posted 6/28/2011.  Emergint Technologies is seeking a Public Health Analyst/Epidemiologist to join our team in Atlanta,GA. The selected candidate will work to support our efforts with the Centers for Disease Control, Division Health Quality Promotions (DHQP).

Infection Preventionist.  Providence Health & Services.  Anchorage, Alaska. Provides coverage in the acute and community care setting. Assists with the review of microbiological reports. Maintains concurrent record review, data collection and data analysis. Assists in preparation to address infection control standards required by JCAHO and all infection control regulations required by federal, state, and local laws. Performs education and training to employees and physicians. Continues infection control activities in the absence of the program manager.

Infection Prevention Practioner.  Ohio Health, Dublin Methodist Hospital.   Dublin, Ohio.  The Infection Control Coordinator is responsible for the surveillance, detection, compiling and analyzing of nosocomial (hospital acquired) infections in patients and personnel on a systematic and current basis.

Staff Development Coordinator/Infection Control RN.  Affinity Healthcare. Hartford, Conntecticut. Posted 6/30/2011.  Responsible for planning, organizing, implementing, facilitating, and evaluating all facility orientation and in-services regarding staff education. Also responsible for the facility infection control/ wound program. All in accordance with current federal, state, local, and facility guidelines, and as may be directed by the administrator and DNS.

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