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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Summary of State CRE Reporting Requirements

Learn more about the summary of state CRE reporting requirements.

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Case Study: 25-Hospital IDN Addresses Risks for SSIs and CLABSIs

Infection prevention is a top priority in acute care facilities due to mandatory reporting of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), potential reimbursement...

The Case for a Horizontal Approach: IPs Share their Success Story for VRE and MRSA

There is an important place for both the horizontal, as well as the vertical approach to preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)....

Lessons Learned: Questions and Concerns Regarding Safety of Endoscopes and Validity of Manufacturer Guidance

Reports of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections related to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) duodenoscopes raised concerns among infection prevention experts, federal...

Endoscope and Chlorhexidine Gluconate Crosswalks: Critical Guideline Review

It can be challenging for infection preventionists to find time to comb through the barrage of infection prevention guidelines and...

Plastic Rounds Innovation Reduces CLABSI and CAUTI

One of APIC’s 2015 Heroes of Infection Prevention, Carol Vance, BSN, RN, CIC, an infection prevention specialist at Barnes Jewish...

A Special: On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI Supplement

THE NATIONAL – On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI project is proud to take part in this special supplement to Prevention...

Stop Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) in Critically Ill Patients

What the science and evidence show:

CAUTI is a serious patient safety issue.

Complications associated with CAUTI result in increased length of...