GUIDE TO PREVENTING CATHER-ASSOCIATED URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS :
APIC’s newly revised Guide to Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections provides new and expanded content on the epidemiology and pathogenesis of catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), surveillance and reporting; patient safety, and CAUTI prevention in special populations (pediatrics, spinal cord injury, long-term care, and ICU).
MARCH 2014 VITALSIGNS ISSUE: MAKING HEALTHCARE SAFER:
Antibiotics save lives, but poor prescribing practices are putting patients at unnecessary risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea. Errors in prescribing decisions also contribute to antibiotic resistance, making these drugs less likely to work in the future.
6 STATS ON THE COST OF READMISSION FOR CMS-TRACKED CONDITIONS:
. CMS began penalizing hospitals for 30-day readmissions Oct. 1, 2012 at 1 percent, upping the penalty rate to 2 percent for fiscal year 2014. While the average penalty imposed has dropped .04 percent between 2012 and 2013, the stakes have gotten higher: CMS will increase the maximum penalty for excess readmissions to 3 percent for fiscal year 2015.
NEW TEST RAPIDLY DISTINGUISHES VIRAL, BACTERIAL INFECTIONS:
A new test that analyzes patients' immune responses, rather than the pathogens themselves, can rapidly distinguish viral infections from bacterial infections. The assay could help physicians better decide which patients need antibiotics and avoid inappropriate prescribing. (Initial login required)
12 RECENT INFECTION CONTROL FINDINGS:
Beckers has pulled together 12 recent findings on infection control from the past month, beginning with the most recent. Articles and studies including SSI, CAUTI, MRSA, and C Diff.
HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS COST NEARLY $10B ANNUALLY:
Despite facilities' ongoing efforts to improve care through infection control, the tab for treating healthcare-associated infections is about $9.8 billion a year, according to a study recently published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.
HOW SUPERBUG SPREADS AMONG REGIONAL HOSPITALS: A DOMINO EFFECT:
Washington, DC, July 30, 2013 – A moderate increase in vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) at one hospital can lead to a nearly 3 percent increase in VRE in every other hospital in that county, according to a study in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).