infection control

Three improvements data promises to deliverPersonalized, prescriptive medicine creates higher-value care for patients
Infection control: “When can my child return to school?”
Infection control: “When can my child return to school?”Two common questions asked of pediatricians by parents are “When can my child return to school?” and “how long will I be staying home with my child?” Understanding when, how long, and under what conditions a pediatric patient with an infection is contagious to others is an important part of disease prevention and treatment.
Hope for butterfly children
Hope for butterfly childrenEpidermolysis bullosa (EB) is often described as ‘the worst disease you’ve never heard of,’ and the young sufferer of this condition are referred to as ‘butterfly children’ because their skin is said to be fragile as the wings of butterflies. A potential new topical treatment option, in phase 3 trials, could help to change the EB treatment landscape.
Hospitals not doing all they can to prevent C diff infectionsNearly half of American hospitals aren’t taking key steps to prevent Clostridium difficile infection—despite strong evidence that such steps work, according to a new study published online in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
Ebola update: Nursing union reveals scant preparation by hospitalsNursing advocates are calling for more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after two nurses have been diagnosed with the virus.
Enterovirus D68: 5 ways formulary managers can helpIn recent months, the incidence of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infection has markedly increased across the United States, notably affecting young pediatric patients. Hospitalizations of children with severe respiratory illness associated with this non-polio enterovirus have concurrently risen.1,2
Four unexpected healthcare hazards that put your patients at riskA report explained four unexpected healthcare hazards that may be putting your patients at risk.
Intracameral antibiotics a must to avoid infection post-cataract surgeryThe creation of a sufficiently long-internal incision as well as stromal hydration and a moderate final IOP are effective steps to reduce fluid ingress—and lower risk of infection—into the eye following cataract surgery, according to Neal Shorstein, MD.
Stethoscopes can be substantially contaminated after physical examStethoscopes can become contaminated with microorganisms following a physical examination and have similar levels of contamination as a physician’s dominant hand, according to a study conducted at a Swiss university teaching hospital in 2009 and published in the March issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.