Nosocomial Infections

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Identifying the Source of C difficile in Hospitalized Patients

Identifying the Source of C difficile in Hospitalized Patients

Clostridium difficile is the most common cause of healthcare-associated infections, with as many as 500,000 cases occurring annually in the United States. Efforts to prevent transmission within hospitals typically focus on patients with symptomatic Clostridium difficile infection.

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Antimicrobial Lock Solutions Are Cost-Effective for Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

Antimicrobial Lock Solutions Are Cost-Effective for Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

Antimicrobial lock solutions are an effective clinical and cost-effective strategy for preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections.

Post-Endoscopic Infection More Common Than Previously Thought

Post-Endoscopic Infection More Common Than Previously Thought

The rates of post-endoscopic infection within seven days vary from 1.1 per 1,000 procedures for screening colonoscopy to 3 per 1,000 procedures for osophagogastroduodenoscopies.

Sepsis-3 Septic Shock Criteria vs SIRS to Predict Mortality in Hospitalized Patients

Sepsis-3 Septic Shock Criteria vs SIRS to Predict Mortality in Hospitalized Patients

Although the Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome criteria have been used for decades to identify sepsis in patients with suspected infection, they have been re-evaluated in the Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock.

No Clear Exposure-Response Relationship Found for Micafungin in Neonatal Candidiasis

No Clear Exposure-Response Relationship Found for Micafungin in Neonatal Candidiasis

No clear relationship was found between the average daily area under concentration-time curve and mycologic response for micafungin in neonates.

MRSA- and MSSA-Related Hospitalization Costs Assessed

MRSA- and MSSA-Related Hospitalization Costs Assessed

Increasing costs associated with hospitalizations involving MSSA infection are expected to surpass national costs for hospitalizations associated with MRSA.

Severe Liver Failure Is Strongest Independent Risk Factor for Mortality in Infectious Endocarditis

Severe Liver Failure Is Strongest Independent Risk Factor for Mortality in Infectious Endocarditis

Severe liver failure is the strongest predictive factor of mortality related to infectious endocarditis in patients with liver cirrhosis.

Burkholderia cepacia Outbreak Tied to No-Rinse Cleansing Foam

Burkholderia cepacia Outbreak Tied to No-Rinse Cleansing Foam

As a result of the tests, the FDA is advising consumers and clinicians to avoid using all lots of Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam.

Military Personnel Remain at Risk for Infection Long After Hospital Discharge

Military Personnel Remain at Risk for Infection Long After Hospital Discharge

Deployment-related trauma infectious complications continue after initial hospital discharge and into Veterans Affairs healthcare.

Drug-Related Endocarditis Cases Up From 2007 to 2015

Drug-Related Endocarditis Cases Up From 2007 to 2015

Over the last 9 years, there was an increase in the number of endocarditis cases, which mirrored the increase in concomitant use of mixed drugs.

Pharmacists Play Role in Cutting Hospital-Acquired Infections

Pharmacists Play Role in Cutting Hospital-Acquired Infections

Pharmacists are increasingly becoming involved in antibiotic surveillance, including e-surveillance methods; formulation of antibiotic-use policies; and day-to-day control of problematic antibiotic use.

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