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Biofilms are cause of some Hospital Associated Infections and require managing

Biofilms are cause of some Hospital Associated Infections and require managing

The journal authors remind us that ‘biofilm-associated infections depend on host attributes, such as the presence of indwelling medical devices’ (i.e. catheters) ‘or underlying disease, as well as bacterial factors’. They go on to say that an understanding of the physical factors that affect biofilm formation within the body is essential, and summarise by suggesting […]
Better Hand Hygiene to Combat HAIs?

Better Hand Hygiene to Combat HAIs?

Is better hand hygiene sufficient to combat HAIs and HAI related deaths? DMD believe their technology-based platform could certainly go along way to help. Read the press release to decide whether this is the solution, or perhaps one of many needed in our hospitals today… “HAIs are a major challenge in the industry, because only […]

Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Toolkit & Current Preventative Measures…

Most common type of healthcare-associated infection – > 30% of HAIs reported to National Healthcare Safety Network (see https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/about-nhsn/index.html) – Estimated > 560,000 nosocomial UTIs annually • Increased morbidity & mortality – Estimated 13,000 attributable deaths annually – Leading cause of secondary BSI with ~10% mortality • Excess length of stay –2-4 days • Increased […]
Chicago-area VA hospitals post higher infection rates than private peers

Chicago-area VA hospitals post higher infection rates than private peers

Not all medical centers are equal when it comes to reports of catheter associated infections, and it appears that our veterans are suffering more… “A new website unveiled this week by the Department of Veterans Affairs reveals that the Chicago area’s two VA hospitals performed worse than their private-sector peers on two different measures of […]