Posts from Month: June 2016

Disconnect Between Infection Rates and Patient Safety Survey Scores

The staff at hospitals are all too familiar with those surveys designed to gauge patient safety, but do they touch on the right problems? Patient Safety Culture surveys are given and assessed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to the agency’s…

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FDA Recall Reversal on Equipment Tied to Superbug Outbreak

The recent outbreak of superbugs like CRE has investigators looking for all possible causes, including cleaning equipment. One such piece of equipment is used to wash and disinfect medical devices that require a light and camera, such as an endoscope. The Federal Food and Drug Administration linked this machine manufactured by Custom Ultrasonics, Inc. In…

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NICU Antibiotic Resistance and Infection Control

As antibiotic resistance becomes more common, a question arises: How can neonatal units fight off these persistent infections? The healthcare community can’t estimate how many at-risk infants die each year of antibiotic-resistant infections because the research is just not there, explains Mike Sharland, a professor from London’s St. George’s University. The current studies focus more…

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Dreaded Superbug has Reached the U.S.

Antibiotic resistance has gone to the next level in the U.S. as a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman was discovered to have a strain of E. coli resistant to colistin, the antibiotic used when all others fail. Colistin is an older drug that health care providers stopped using in the 1970s due to its potential toxicity, according…

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