Nosocomial Infections Feature Archive

Curbing Overuse of Blood Cultures in the Emergency Department

Curbing Overuse of Blood Cultures in the Emergency Department

Training on adherence to guidelines, the development of guidelines specific to the pediatric population, and the employment of tools and techniques to decrease contamination of blood cultures could decrease the overuse of blood cultures.

Treatment of Neurologic Complications in Infective Endocarditis

Treatment of Neurologic Complications in Infective Endocarditis

Mortality rates associated with infective endocarditis range from 16% to 25%, with the highest rates observed among patients with nosocomial healthcare-associated infective endocarditis.

Follow-up Blood Culture in Gram-Negative Bacteremia Should Be Avoided

Follow-up Blood Culture in Gram-Negative Bacteremia Should Be Avoided

Follow-up blood cultures may have little utility in the management of Gram-negative bacilli bacteremia, according to data from a recent study.

Coding And Guidance Changes Affect Sepsis Rates

Coding And Guidance Changes Affect Sepsis Rates

Coding artifact may be contributing to the apparent rise in sepsis incidence and decline in mortality.

Chlorhexidine-Alcohol Found Superior Over Povidone Iodine-Alcohol In Preventing Short-Term Catheter Infections

Chlorhexidine-Alcohol Found Superior Over Povidone Iodine-Alcohol In Preventing Short-Term Catheter Infections

Changes in antiseptic use can prevent more intravascular-catheter related infections in patients.

Risk Factors Noted for Infection-Related Hospitalizations Among Hemodialysis Patients

Risk Factors Noted for Infection-Related Hospitalizations Among Hemodialysis Patients

These factors include lower serum albumin levels and vascular access other than an arteriovenous fistula at dialysis initiation.

Multipronged Approach Advocated to Prevent Influenza, Pneumonia in Nursing Homes

Multipronged Approach Advocated to Prevent Influenza, Pneumonia in Nursing Homes

Vaccination and continued testing of patients emphasized in recently-published report.

Healthcare-Associated Infections Decline, but Further Reductions Needed

Healthcare-Associated Infections Decline, but Further Reductions Needed

The relative risk for HAI has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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