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Posts from Month: November 2015

1,300 Patients Warned About Bacteria Exposure

Yet another hospital is issuing a warning to its patients about their potential exposure to a healthcare-acquired infection. In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated CRE infections related to the use of duoendoscopes in response to an outbreak in Los Angeles. Now, WellSpan York Hospital in Pennsylvania is alerting 1,300 patients that…

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Shorter Colonoscopies and Detecting Cancer

How critical is withdrawal time when doing a colonoscopy? Common sense dictates a slower withdrawal time should coincide with a more thorough examination of the colon lining, but the time constraints put on physicians and surgical procedures can rush the process. Is that a significant factor in cancer detection rates, though? A recent study asked…

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Care Bundle Can Help Lower SSI Rate

What is a care bundle and how can it help reduce the risk of surgical site infections? It is difficult to know the exact rate of surgical site infections because many appear postdischarge, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, but the agency warns the incidents are high and the cost great. The…

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Is Penalizing Medical Facilities Working?

An estimated 10 percent of patients that enter a hospital for treatment will develop a serious medical problem as a result of the care given. In an attempt to control the escalation of healthcare-associated infections, Medicare has established policies that penalized medical facilities that make errors that affect patient outcomes. The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program…

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Rising Superbug Infections

A warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the U.S. will see a 10 percent increase in antibiotic-resistant infections over the next five years unless something is done. The release states that the country is at a tipping point for superbug infections due to the improper use of antibiotics and the…

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