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Alarming Surge in Hospital Acquired COVID Infections: A Spotlight on Australian Healthcare Crisis
The performance of the Australian healthcare system has come into sharp scrutiny recently, following an investigative report by ABC journalist Hayley Gleeson, unveiling distressing statistics about the increasing incidence of hospital-acquired COVID infections. Leveraging the Freedom of Information laws, Gleeson's investigation has brought to light the alarming rate of patients in Victoria's hospitals catching, and…
Innovative Blood Sampling Device: A Boon for Patient Comfort and Remote Healthcare
A team of researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have trailblazed a new medical device that reimagines traditional methods of blood sampling. The creation, led by Nicole Zoratto, PhD, and doctoral student David Klein Cerrejon, incorporates microneedles and a suction cup and draws inspiration from the efficient blood-sucking mechanism of leeches. This revolutionary device aims to…
Ground-breaking MIMIX® Material Promises Reduction in Vascular Access Complications: Findings from Access Vascular, Inc.
New data presented at the Infusion Nurses Society Annual Scientific Meeting showcased the significant impact of MIMIX® hydrophilic biomaterial (HBM), created by Access Vascular, Inc. (AVI), on bacterial adhesion and thrombus accumulation in peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) and midline catheters. Compared to conventional catheters, AVI's biomaterial demonstrated compelling potential in reducing the incidence and…
Strengthening Health Security: The Role of Infection Prevention in Tajikistan’s Healthcare System
In an attempt to bolster health security in Tajikistan, there is a collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This partnership aims to safeguard Tajikistan's population from infectious disease outbreaks and other health emergencies. These efforts bore fruit on May 8 when a joint visit to…
Shifting Trends in Antibiotic Prescriptions: The Disparity Between Novel and Traditional Treatments in US Hospitals
Despite the introduction of seven newly FDA-approved gram-negative antibiotics, specifically designed to combat infections induced by pathogens exhibiting difficult-to-treat resistance, many practitioners and clinicians continue to subscribe to the less efficacious and potentially riskier, generically traditional counterpart antibiotics. This finding was highlighted in a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  A retrospective cohort…
Airborne Disease Spread: WHO’s Groundbreaking Conclusions and the Implications for the CDC
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently released an influential new report on the understanding of respiratory infections, such as COVID-19, influenza, and measles. This revelation, catalyzed by issues emerging from the ongoing pandemic, is the culmination of two years of thorough examination by around 50 experts from diverse fields like virology, epidemiology, aerosol science,…
Emphasizing Improved Understanding and Prevention of Airborne Pathogen Transmission – A Paradigm Shift Initiated by the World Health Organization
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently spearheaded a shift in the foundational understanding of airborne pathogen prevention. This change entails a refined terminology that facilitates better comprehension of airborne disease transmission. An overarching term, in this regard, is promoted in a report from the WHO, similar to commonly used terms – 'waterborne' or 'bloodborne'. The…

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