1. Fewer than 1 in 5 nurses comply with guidelines for standard infection control precautions

    January 22, 2016

    Press Release from APIC – 1/20/2016Only 17.4 percent of ambulatory care nurses reported compliance in all nine standard precautions for infection prevention, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).Researchers from Northwell Health (formerly North Shore […]


  2. Infection preventionists may spend more time collecting data than protecting patients

    September 14, 2015

    Collecting and reporting hospital infection data to federal health agencies takes more than 5 hours each day, at the expense of time needed to ensure that frontline healthcare personnel are adhering to basic infection prevention practices such as hand hygiene, according to a recent case study, to be presented on Saturday, June 27 at the […]


  3. Using the Nudge Theory in Hand Hygiene Compliance Efforts

    September 10, 2015

    The Nudge Theory has been widely used to improve healthy behavior and works as an external cue to memory. Kwok and McLaws (2015) report on their efforts to engage medical staff in improved hand hygiene compliance. An automated hand hygiene surveillance system was installed in an Australian tertiary teaching hospital. The clinicians were taught to […]


  4. ASU Team Develops Quick Way to Determine Bacteria’s Antibiotic Resistance

    September 4, 2015

    Bacteria’s ability to become resistant to antibiotics is a growing issue in health care: Resistant strains result in prolonged illnesses and higher mortality rates.One way to combat this is to determine bacteria’s antibiotic resistance in a given patient, but that often takes days — and time is crucial in treatment. ASU scientists have developed a […]


  5. HHS Proposes to Improve Care for Nursing Home Residents – Includes Infection Control & Antibiotic Stewardship Program

    July 24, 2015

    The White House Conference on Aging announced new changes that would make major changes to improve the care and safety of the nearly 1.5 million residents in the more than 15,000 long-term care facilities or nursing homes that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. If finalized, unnecessary hospital readmissions and infections would be reduced, […]


  6. High Rates of MRSA Transmission Found Between Nursing Home Residents and Healthcare Workers

    June 4, 2015

    For Immediate Release: May 28, 2015 – from SHEA onlineSociety for Healthcare Epidemiology of AmericaContact: Kate Enos / kenos@gymr.com / 202-745-5071 Author contact: Mary-Claire Roghmann / mroghman@epi.umaryland.eduHigh Rates of MRSA Transmission Found Between Nursing Home Residents and Healthcare WorkersStudy finds transmission rates high in daily activities previously considered low-riskNEW YORK (May 28, 2015) – Healthcare workers […]



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