Researchers from a large urban hospital, specifically NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, implemented a diagnostic stewardship intervention which resulted in a notable decrease in catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), as reported in the American Journal of Infection Control. The intervention initially took off in April 2022, including education sessions directed towards hospitalists and medical residents. It elaborately detailed the procedures associated with patients possessing indwelling urinary catheters (IUCs), underlining the importance of replacing any IUCs that surpassed 14 days before conducting urinary studies. This educational initiative also instructed that urinalysis should be performed first, and urine cultures are to be ordered only if the preliminary analysis and the clinical scenario signals a urinary tract infection. In the months prior to the intervention, there were 16 recorded CAUTIs in a total of 5,536 catheter days, resulting in a rate of 3.0 per 1,000 catheter days. Meanwhile, during the intervention period, only 4 CAUTIs occurred during 4,233 catheter days, reducing the rate to 0.94 per 1,000 catheter days, thereby demonstrating the effectiveness of the intervention.
In a separate study published in JAMA Network Open, South Korean researchers identified a significant correlation between COVID-19 and the onset of several autoimmune and autoinflammatory connective tissue disorders, with some being associated with the severity of the illness. However, it was observed that vaccination could mitigate these risks. Analysis was made through nationwide data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency COVID-19 National Health Insurance Service.
Additionally, JAMA Network Open presented a concurrent study indicating a rise in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) incidents during the pandemic, with a concurrent decrease in survival. The authors linked these changes to the usage of emergency medical services (EMS) during the pandemic, rather than a direct result of acute COVID-19 infections. Data around OHCA was documented among adults catered by EMS in Seattle and King County, Washington, between January 2018 and December 2021.
Furthermore, updates from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative reported new polio cases in three countries, Afghanistan, Chad, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. On another note, there has been a noticed lower percentage in COVID-19 vaccination coverage among Black and multiracial nursing home residents and those from the South and Southeast areas.
These various findings highlight not only the importance of sustained efforts in infection prevention and control but also the need to monitor and address the long-term health effects associated with diseases such as COVID-19. It’s crucial for healthcare professionals, especially those in the field of infection prevention, to stay informed about these issues as they continue to evolve.