Author Archives: Helen George

Urinary Catheters Market to Get Benefit from Growing Geriatric Population; Expected to Reach US$2.3

Rise in geriatric population along with increasing number of patients with urinary disorders is expected to boost demand for urinary catheters. The report forecasts growth of the global urinary catheters market at a CAGR of 5.1% during the period from 2014 to 2020. The report describes the market landscape and points out the key growth […]

“Pneumonia and urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the biggest infectious reasons for admission to the hospital for older adults,” John Bruza, Geriatrician at Penn Medicine.

Urinary tract infections are a big deal for the elderly, with close to a third of the over 85 age category getting a UTI each year. Older people are at greater risk for serious illness because UTIs are often further along before they are caught and because the elderly often have other health problems that […]

10 per cent of adults in Canadian hospitals has a hospital-acquired infection

The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions has released some concerning statistics with regards to Hospital Acquired Infections in Canadian hospitals…. { About 10 per cent of adults in Canadian hospitals has a hospital-acquired infection. “Approximately 3,200 Ontario patients will die from a hospital-acquired infection in 2017, while about 2,000 people will die in automobile accidents, […]

Novel marker for visual warning of cauti

You have to know who may have an infection before you begin to treat it. The authors present a novel infection-responsive coating for urinary catheters that provides a clear visual early warning of Proteus mirabilis infection and subsequent blockage. The coating is a dual layered system in which the lower poly(vinyl alcohol) layer contains the […]

No change in overall CAUTIs between 2009 and 2014!

New research has indicated whilst there has been no change in overall CAUTIs (Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections) between 2009 and 2014 there has been progress in non-ICU settings. The best hospitals who focus on reducing the levels of infections have proven that this is indeed possible. In some on my previous articles I have […]

A few facts about superbugs

Five simple facts about superbugs in Canada with a video provided by the Vancouver Sun….. In recognition of World Antibiotics Awareness Week, here are a few facts about superbugs supplied by Marc Ouellette, scientific director of CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity, and Natalie Strynadka, a professor of molecular biology at the University of British […]

Novel approach to reduce Hospital Acquired Infections

Sentara Healthcare are looking at using copper infused linens, gowns, bed rails and tray tables to help in the fight against Hospital Acquired Infections. Every little step forward helps. In the fight against HAI, awareness and taking active preventative steps is of utmost importance. The best performing hospitals do all of this and then go […]

CDC infection risk warning for hundreds of thousands of patients

At Camstent our focus is one using materials rather than antibiotics to help decrease Hospital Acquired Infections but unfortunately this option is not always open to Hospitals…… The CDC issued a warning Thursday to all healthcare providers and patients about a potential risk of infection from certain devices used for heart bypass procedures. Sources