Nosocomial Infections

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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.

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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.

Reducing Mortality in Patients With Right-Sided Infective Endocarditis

Reducing Mortality in Patients With Right-Sided Infective Endocarditis

Optimal management for severely ill patients with right-sided infective endocarditis (RSIE) remains challenging. The goal of this study was to determine outcome and associated prognostic factors in a population of ICU patients with RSIE.

Incidence of Surgical Site Infections Highest in Lower-Income Countries

Incidence of Surgical Site Infections Highest in Lower-Income Countries

A large proportion of surgical site infections are caused by organisms resistant to prophylactic antibiotics, with the greatest apparent burden in low- and middle-income countries

Vegetation Size May Increase Mortality Risk in Infective Endocarditis

Vegetation Size May Increase Mortality Risk in Infective Endocarditis

In this systematic review and meta-analysis, patients with infective endocarditis with vegetations greater than 10mm in size had significantly increased risk of systemic embolism and mortality.

Prophylactic Antibiotic Does Not Reduce SSI Risk After Orthopedic Implant Removal

Prophylactic Antibiotic Does Not Reduce SSI Risk After Orthopedic Implant Removal

Although removal of orthopedic implants is considered to be associated with low risk of infection, higher rates of surgical site infection following these procedures have been reported.

SHEA Releases Contact Precaution Guidelines for Multidrug-Resistant Infections

SHEA Releases Contact Precaution Guidelines for Multidrug-Resistant Infections

A new expert guidance concerning contact precautions for multidrug resistant bacteria has been released.

Prevalence of MRSA in ICU Patients After State-Mandated Surveillance

Prevalence of MRSA in ICU Patients After State-Mandated Surveillance

The prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization did not decline after implementation of state-legislated active surveillance among critically ill adults.

Reducing Surgical Site Infections Using Telehealth Electronic Monitoring

Reducing Surgical Site Infections Using Telehealth Electronic Monitoring

Following vascular reconstruction, patients will receive postdischarge care that includes telehealth electronic monitoring.

Antibiotics, Mechanical Bowel Preparation Associated With Reduced SSIs

Antibiotics, Mechanical Bowel Preparation Associated With Reduced SSIs

Oral antibiotics combined with mechanical bowel preparation should be considered for all patients undergoing left-sided colorectal cancer resections.

Enteral Gram-Negative Colonization Associated With New ICU Infections

Enteral Gram-Negative Colonization Associated With New ICU Infections

Researchers concluded that risk of ICU acquired Gram-negative bacteria was low in mechanically ventilated patients receiving selective digestive tract decontamination.

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