HAIs: Types and Pathogens

Infections can be associated with procedures (like surgery) and the devices used in medical procedures, such as catheters or ventilators. Four categories of infections account for about three quarters of HAIs in the acute care hospital setting: SSIs, CLABSIs, VAPs, and CAUTIs. Infections caused by bacteria such as Clostridium difficile and antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are also common in hospitals.

Benefits of Presurgical MRSA Testing

With our aging population in the US, the projection for the number of total hip and total knee arthroplasty procedures...

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Reducing SSIs in the Era of Payment Reform

Colonized patients are up to 9 times more likely to develop an SSI,1 and more than 8 out of 10...

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Success Story: Using Prevantics® to reduce CLABSIs

In this video we interview Marty Cooney, a distinguished Manager of Infection Control at a large community hospital. Marty discusses...

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Meta-Analysis Indicates Hydrofiber® Dressings May Lower Post-Op Infection Risks After Total Joint Arthroplasty

The use of perioperative surgical wound dressings is an important factor in the mitigation of infection following total joint arthroplasty...

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Trending Topics in C. difficile Diagnosis and Reporting

Data from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) demonstrates that changing C. difficile test method alone will not decrease a...

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C. diff Perspectives: Utilizing On-Demand Testing for Protocol-Driven Infection Prevention

Reduction of C. diff rates is a common goal of healthcare institutions of all sizes, with ever-evolving strategies aimed at addressing ...

Managing CRE: From Diagnosis to Outbreak Management

Although rarely reported a decade ago, carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria, such as Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, are rapidly spreading, with the risk that they...

LabID Reporting for C. difficile

This white paper addresses key points in NHSN’s C. difficile LabID reporting module, with a specific focus on the correlation...

Turning Data into Action for Automated Proactive HAI Surveillance

Infection prevention (IP) programs that depend primarily on paper-based, manual, and retrospective surveillance processes and on reports for aggregation with...

Take Aim at Surgical Site Infections

Why It Matters: Timely incision management can help reduce the human and economic costs of SSIs. Complications with incision healing lead...

Identifying and Addressing Risks for SSIs and CLABSIs

Infection preventionists are being asked to identify ways to help address some their organizations’ most pressing challenges, such as reducing...

Safeguarding the Healthcare Environment Against Clostridium difficile

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a spore-forming bacterium capable of causing gastrointestinal conditions ranging from diarrhea to colitis. Twenty years...

Preventing Transmission of Clostridium difficile in Healthcare Settings

Learn more about preventing transmission of clostridium difficile in healthcare settings.

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