In Focus, In the News: July 6, 2011

July 6, 2011

A daily synopsis of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) news: current research, here 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


Antibiotic Resistance

(Indonesia).  Elly Burhaini Faizal.  Govt to publish drug-resistant dataJakarta Post, July 5, 2011.  National data on antimicrobial resistance prevalence in Indonesia will be available by the end of 2011.

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) Infections

Press Release, Not all tests are created equal: Identifying C. diff in hospital labs.  EurekAlert!, July 5, 2011.

A study from the microbiology lab at the Lifespan hospitals has found that some lab tests are much more accurate in identifying Clostridium difficile Toxin (C. diff) infection (CDI), which causes diarrhea. The findings indicate that a molecular method detects up to 50 percent more cases of C. diff than other methods. While molecular technology is more expensive, it allows for more cases to be identified and assists in patient safety efforts within the hospital in terms of preventing hospital-acquired C. diff infections. The study is published online the July issue of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.

Chapin, KC, Dickenson, RA, Wu, F, and SB Andrea.  Comparison of Five Assays for Detection of Clostridium difficile ToxinThe Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, 13(4):395-400 (July 2011).

(Ontario, Canada).  Karen Howlett.  Deadly superbug outbreak hits problem-plagued network of Ontario hospitalsGlobe and Mail, July 4, 2011.  C. difficile claims lives of 15 patients in Southern Ontario.

Niagara Health System, a sprawling network of seven hospitals serving 434,000 people in a dozen communities, has declared an outbreak of Clostridium difficile, commonly known as C. difficile, at three of its sites.

(Ontario, Canada).  Robert Herriman.  Niagara Health System battling deadly C. diff outbreak., July 4, 2011.  About the C. diff outbreak at Niagara Health System.

(Ontario, Canada).  Outbreak Notice.  Niagara Health System — Systeme de Sante de Niagara, July 4, 2011.

(Ontario, Canada).  Grant LaFleche.  Next step in C. diff fight: a super-scrubbing for Niagara hospitalsThe Standard, July 5, 2011.


(Ohio).  St. V’s, nurse ruled negligent in man’s, July 2, 2011.  The estate of a Toledo man has been awarded $600,000 in a negligence lawsuit against Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center and one of its nurses.

Necrotizing Fasciitis

(Ontario, Canada).  Ontario woman fights back after flesh-eating disease.  CTV News, July 4, 2011.  Ontario woman loses hands and feet to necrotizing fasciitis.

People Making News in the Healthcare-Associated Infections Field

(Virginia).  Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.  Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Infection Control Coordinator Cindy Jones Wins 2011 Governor’s Award.  June 30, 2011.  “Cindy Jones, infection control coordinator at Southwestern Virginia Institute (SWVMHI) in Marion, for being the winner of the 2011 Governor’s Award for Public Service for Workplace Safety and Health.”

Jones has developed many programs and plans that have proven to be extremely effective to control infection at SWVMHI. In February 2011, Jones’ efforts during a gastroenteritis outbreak in the community significantly reduced patient and staff symptoms while schools and other facilities were closed because of much higher rates of illness. She has also implemented successful programs in areas of high risk in health care facilities such as increasing employee influenza vaccinations, decreasing the chances of MRSA infections among both patients and staff, promoting employee hand washing and minimizing the risk of exposure to contaminated needles. In fact, the Joint Commission recognized Jones’ creativity and effectiveness in developing and implementing such programs by indicating its intent to share her efforts as model programs with other providers.

(Edinburg, Scotland) Michelle Stewart: Jackie Baillie’s Local Hero., July 4, 2011.  “Michelle’s own mother died from the hospital acquired infection, Clostridium Difficile – or C Diff – and she has been a determined campaigner ever since in the drive for standards in hospital hygiene that will see an end to these highly dangerous infections.”

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Press Release, Filligent’s Biofriend™ Biomask™ Wins Fda Clearance For First Ever Anti-Viral Face Mask.  Business Wire, June 27, 2011.  FDA approval of Filligent’s BioFriend Biomask.

Tinker Ready.  FDA Clears First Antiviral Surgical Mask.  Medscape News, July 5, 2011.  FDA approval of Filligent’s BioFriend Biomask.


Straight Talk with Dr. Allen Weiss: No outcome, no income., July 5, 2011.  Importance of improved outcomes, quality, and the Medicare Value-Based Purchasing program.

Safe Injections

Hoekstra, EJ, van den Ent, MVX, Dao, H, Khalaf, H, and A Salovaara.  Measles Supplementary Immunization Activities and GAVI Funds as Catalysts for Improving Injection Safety in Africa.  The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2011:204 (Suppl 1).

Press Release, Injection safety efforts eliminate immunization-related infections in sub-Saharan Africa.  GAVI Alliance, July 1, 2011.  “The Measles Initiative and the GAVI Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) announced today that infections resulting from the re-use of syringes for immunizations have been reduced to practically zero in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a study released in the Supplement of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.”


Press Release, Agennix Announces Data From Talactoferrin Phase II Trial in Severe Sepsis Presented at World Conference on Lung Cancer.  Marketwire, July 5, 2011.  Announcement “that data from a Phase II trial in severe sepsis demonstrating the activity and tolerability of talactoferrin, an oral immunotherapy, are being presented this week at the 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.”

Surgical Site Infections

Smith, SE, and J Wayland.  Understanding the relationship between hypothermia and surgical site infections (SSI’s in order to improve recording and management of hypothermia pre, intra and post operatively.  BMC Proceedings 2011 5(Suppl 6):O56.  Oral presentation from the International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC 2011).

As part of the of the hospital “No Harm” strategy, hypothermia knowledge, assessment and treatment was identified as being a gap in the prevention of surgical site infections. The aim of this project was to create an awareness of hypothermia management, understand the importance of preventing hypothermia and measure the overall impact of hypothermia on SSI rate.


Employment Positions in Infection Control


Infection Control Coordinator-RN.  Corizon.  Jessup, MD.  Corizon (formerly Correctional Medical Services), provider of health services for the Maryland Department of Corrections, has an excellent opportunity for an Infection Control Coordinator in Jessup, MD.

Health System Specialist (Quality Improvement/Infection Control Coordinator).  Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System.  Los Angeles, California.  Posted June 30, 2011.

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