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Use of contact precautions should be customized based on local needs and resources

University of Maryland School of Medicine epidemiologist conducts extensive review on benefits and drawbacks of contact precautions to prevent spread of MRSA and VRE in hospitalized patients Contact precautions are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for all patients known to be infected with or carrying multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) such as [...]

Daily bathing of pediatric patients with antiseptic: Bloodstream infections cut by 59 percent

Daily bathing of pediatric patients with disposable cloths containing 2 percent chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) by 59 percent and saved approximately $300,000 in one hospital over a six-month period, according to a new study. The study, was presented on Saturday, June 27, at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association [...]

Infection preventionists may spend more time collecting data than protecting patients

Collecting and reporting hospital infection data to federal health agencies takes more than 5 hours each day, at the expense of time needed to ensure that frontline healthcare personnel are adhering to basic infection prevention practices such as hand hygiene, according to a recent case study, to be presented on Saturday, June 27 at the [...]

Pilot program in pediatric long-term care facility halves topical antibiotic use

Requiring documentation of antibiotic indication improves overall usage A pilot antibiotic stewardship program at a pediatric long-term care facility brought about a 59 percent decrease in use of a topical antibiotic and an 83 percent decrease in orders for antibiotics without proper documentation during a six-month period, according to a new study. When the infection [...]

Whole genome sequencing found to rapidly enhance infection control

Using method in real-time quickly identified source of bacterial outbreak in neonatal unit Whole genome sequencing can quickly isolate the specific strain of bacteria causing an outbreak, identify the source of contamination, and enable rapid infection prevention to stop the spread of infection, according to a study published today. The findings, based on the examination [...]