In Focus, In the News: June 28, 2011

June 28, 2011

"Linda Miller, RN, CIC, Methodist Charlton Medical Center Infection Control Manager"

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

Healthcare-Associated Infection News

 

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)

Press Release.  Team Approach Reduces Urinary Tract Infections in Rehab Patients.  EurekAlert!, June 28, 2011.  CAUTI rates drop at Nebraska hospital after initiating new protocols of team approach.

Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)

Press Release.  Hospitals and Patients to Benefit From a New Premier Healthcare Alliance Agreement with Ivera Medical for Curos Port Protectors.  PRWeb, June 28, 2011.  “Ivera Medical Corporation has been awarded a new contract with Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, the group purchasing unit of the Premier healthcare alliance, for its Curos® Port Protector.”

Press Release.  Intensive, Hands-On Effort Reduces Bloodstream Infections in Critically Ill Patients.  EurekAlert!, June 28, 2011.  Nurses on a surgical intensive care unit (SICU) at a large academic medical center cut bloodstream infections to zero and saved more than $200,000 during a six-month period.

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) Infections

Great Basin Corporation Initiates First Clinical Trail for C Difficile Molecular Diagnostic Test.  SunHerald.com, June 28, 2011.  Great Basin Corporation announces the initiation of a clinical trial evaluating a molecular diagnostic test for Clostridium difficile (C. diff).

Dentistry

Turner Provides Documents in VA Dental Investigation.  Whiotv.com, June 28, 2011.  VA investigation of VA dental clinic where “dentist allegedly had long failed to consistently follow the infection control standard of changing latex gloves between patients.”

Equipment

Press Release.  Seal Shield Introduces World’s First Waterproof, Wireless Mouse That is Rechargeable, With No Batteries to Change Ever.  Seal Shield LLC introduces its new Silver Storm waterproof, wireless mouse at the APIC infection control conference.

Hand Hygiene

Press Release.  Infection Preventionists Have New Tool for Targeting Zero HAIs: The Sani-Hands® Bedside Pack for At-Risk and Bedbound Patients.  June 28, 2011.  New hand hygiene product to make hand hygiene available for patients who are at-risk and bed-bound.

Dancing Docs Go Viral With Infectious Beat on ‘Pump It’ Video.  ABC News, June 27, 2011.  About a hand hygiene music video made by staff at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California.

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Prevention Efforts

Opinion.  Viewpoints: How Can Caregivers Reduce Hospital-acquired Infections? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 27, 2011.

Infection Preventionists

Enlist Your Patients in the Fight Against Healthcare-Associated Infections.  Outpatient Surgery, June 28, 2011.  About APIC’s new Infection Prevention and You educational campaign.  See related HAI Focus Content: APIC’s Infection Prevention and You

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Target: Superbugs.  Ohio Drug Startup Focused on MRSA Infection.  MEDCITY News, June 28, 2011.  “An Ohio startup is developing a new antibacterial drug that would keep so-called “superbugs” such as MRSA from replicating in the body.”

People Making News in the Healthcare-Associated Infections Field

Press Release.  Methodist Charlton Infection Control Manager Named to ‘Who’s Who’. Methodist Health System, June 21, 2011.  Methodist Charlton Infection Control Manager Linda Miller named to “Who’s Who in Infection Prevention” by Infection Control Today magazine.

Wife of Former Illinois Gov. Ryan Dies.  All Headline News.  June 28, 2011.  Lura Lynn Ryan, the wife of former Illinois Governor George Ryan dies of sepsis, lung cancer.

Renal Dialysis

Press Release.  Student Team Invents Device to Cut Dialysis Risk.  Newswise, June 28, 2011.  Johns Hopkins University graduate students have invented a device to reduce the risk of infection, clotting and narrowing of the blood vessels in patients who need blood-cleansing dialysis because of kidney failure.

Sterile Processing

Elevating Your SPD for the Sake of Your Patients.  Infection Control Today, June 28, 2011.  Sterile processing departments (SPDs) pivotal for infection prevention and control.

Surgical Site Infections

Press Release.  Cedars-Sinai Surgeon Shows Simple Cotton Swab Slashes.  EurekAlert!, June 27, 2011.  Press release about a study published in the April 2011 issue of Archives of Surgery: “Significant Reduction of Wound Infections with Daily Probing of Contaminated Wounds.”  Study showed the “painless and gentle probing of a wound with a dry cotton swab after surgery dramatically reduced infections in post-operative infection sites ….”

Uniforms

Nurses Who Wash Uniforms at Home May Put Patients At Risk.  NursingTimes.net, June 28, 2011.  “Nurses who wash their uniforms at home are carrying potentially harmful infections both into the hospitals and into their homes, according to a report published today by the Textile Service Association (TSA).”

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