In Focus, In the News: June 30, 2011

June 30, 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.

Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAB)

Cristina, ML, Spagnolo, AM, Gianluca, O, Sartini, M, Orlando, P, and Perdelli, F.  Spread of multidrug carbapenem-resistan Acinetobacter baumannii in different wards of an Italian hospital.  American Journal of Infection Control.  Published online June 27, 2011.  Study authors describe a 7 month outbreak of a MDRAB infection of various wards in an Italian hospital.  “[T]he importance of strict adherence to control measures by all health care personnel and highlight the fact that regular staff training and frequent revision of control measures are essential to the successful management of an outbreak.”

Bloodstream Infections

Vogelaers, D., Lambert, M., and S. Blot.  Impact estimates of nosocomial bloodstream infection: looking from a different angle.  Critical Care, 15:169 (June 30, 2011).  Impact of care in infection prevention and control on mortality associated with nosocomial bloodstream infections.

CMS Reporting of Infection Rates

Stromberg, M.  Lewistown Hospital gets better-than average scores.  The Sentinel, June 30, 2011.  The quality scores for outcome measures such as death and infection rates for Lewistown Hospital in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, are below the national benchmark as reported by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Aboraya, A.  Health Central shifts focus from bottom line to quality.  Orlando Business Journal, June 30, 2011.  About Health Central’s board of trustees indicating “it will stop focusing on financials and focus more on the quality of care the hospital provides.”

[box]“It’s time to get our hands dirty,” … “We’ve got to improve our quality scores. If our quality scores stay the same, we’re going to lose money” from Medicare. – Aboraya, A. Health Central shifts focus from bottom line to quality. Orlando Business Journal, June 30, 2011.[/box]


Booth, M.  Colorado beats national average in surgery-acquired infections., June 28, 2011.

[box]Colorado’s hospitals boast a sharply lower rate of surgery-acquired infections than the national average, according to a bulletin from the state health department. – Booth, M. Colorado beats national average in surgery-acquired infections., June 28, 2011.[/box]

Device Associated Infections

Sood et al. Device associated nosocomial infections in a medical intensive care unit of a tertiary care hospital in Jaipur, India. BMC Proceedings 2011 5(Suppl 6):O16.  Oral presentation from the International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC 2011), Geneva, Switzerland.  June 29 – July 2, 2011.


Press Release, Hoffman +Krippner Partners with WetKeys to Supply Medical Keyboards with Touchpad and Permanent Keyboard Covers.  PRWeb, June 30, 2011.

Hand Hygiene

Clark, C.  Videos Go ‘Viral’ in Fight Against HAIs.  HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2011.  “Think of Michael Jackson’s infectious hit single “Beat It,” from the 1982 album Thriller when you watch this video. The healthcare team at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, CA  produced the video in an effort to raise hand washing compliance, which is only about 40% nationally.”

Hepatitis B

Splete, H.  ACIP Considers Hepatitis B Vaccine for Adults with diabetes.  Internal Medicine News, June 23, 2011.  Hepatitis B vaccination of adults with diabetes could possibly prevent more than 5,000 infections according to CDC data.

Infection Control

Clark, C.  Top 10 Infection Control Challenges. HealthLeaders Media, June 27, 2011.  Infection control experts share their toughest challenges.

International Perspectives

(South Africa)  South Africa: Bara Improves Infection Control Measures., June 30, 2011.  Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and efforts for hand sanitization.

(Ireland)  Minister fears risks of hospital infections., June 20, 2011.  Risk of cross infection in crowded hospital A&E departments to be reviewed by Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA).

(Canada)  Bower, E.  Union urges better housekeeping in hospitals to stop spread of superbugs.  The Peterborough Examiner, June 30, 2011.  Ontario vice-president of Ontario Council of Hospital Unions is “spreading the union’s message that fewer people would die from these infections if hospitals hired more housekeeping staff and those staff cleaned every hospital room as thoroughly as they would an isolation room.”

(Canada)  Press Release, The BCMA Says Better Coordination of Surgical Care Needed in BC.  Marketwire, June 30, 2011.

Improvements in BC’s hospital operating rooms such as fewer surgical delays and cancellations and reduced infection rates can be achieved if we are smarter about how we manage our surgical care system says the BC Medical Association in a paper released today. While the majority of surgical care patients receive is excellent, problems do exist and they can take a toll on patients’ health and wellbeing, be frustrating for physicians, and cost the healthcare system millions of additional dollars. – Press Release, The BCMA Says Better Coordination of Surgical Care Needed in BC. Marketwire, June 30, 2011.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Martin, G.  Interventions Against MRSA and VRE Colonization or Infection.  Medscape Today, June 30, 2011.  Review of study in NEJM, Intervention to Reduce Transmission of Resistant Bacteria in Intensive Care.

Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) Infections

Martin, G.  Interventions Against MRSA and VRE Colonization or Infection.  Medscape Today, June 30, 2011.  Review of study in NEJM, Intervention to Reduce Transmission of Resistant Bacteria in Intensive Care.


Employment Positions in Infection Control


RN Quality Analyst, Infection Preventionist.  Stivers Staffing Services.  Fallon, Nevada.  Licensed Registered Nurse (R.N.) needed to assist in directing the activities of the Infection Control Program for all the Depts. throughout this facility.

Infection Control Practitioner.  Health South Corporation.  Gadsden, Alabama.  “The Infection Control Practitioner (ICP) directs managerial functions of planning, organizing, coordinating, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the Infection Control Program.”

Health System Specialist Quality Improvement Infection Control Coordinator.  Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System.  Posted on June 27, 2011. “The incumbent serves as the Quality Improvement and Infection Control Coordinator (QIICC). The QIICC is responsible for the (technical/administrative) management of the performance improvement program which monitors the quality of processes that impact risk, competency of staff, appropriateness of care, and efficiency of the health care delivery system and the infection control programs which promotes the screening, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases.”

Infection Control Nurse.  Spectrum Health Continuing Care.  Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Posted on June 30, 2011.  “Directs, supervises, and coordinates all operations of Infection Control. Collaborates with the administrative team to achieve goals.”

Senior Charge Nurse — Infection Control.  Cavendish Staffing.  United Arab Emirates: Al Ain.  “Cavendish Staffing is looking for a Senior Charge Nurse to work within Infection Control for a large hospital in Abu Dhabi. The hospital is a specialist acute care and emergency hospital within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Our client is not only a specialist provider of care in a variety of clinical areas, but is also at the forefront of education, training and research; which ultimately enables this hospital to stand out with the region.”

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