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Boosting Infection Prevention: A Case Study on AdventHealth Celebration Hospital

In a commendable move, AdventHealth Celebration hospital has significantly escalated its infection prevention and control (IPC) efforts by augmenting its IPC team - marking a leap from the earlier 2.0 to the present 4.8 full-time equivalents. Host infections, particularly healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) such as central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs),…

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Optimized Utilization of Pandemic PPE Stockpile: A Case Study of Trinity Health

Throughout the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals across the United States found themselves vastly overstocked with personal protective equipment (PPE), a consequence of the immediate demand surge to accommodate the treatment needs of the burgeoning COVID-19 patient load. However, a remarkable example of efficient PPE management in its wake has been exhibited by Trinity Health, based…

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Redefining MRSA Screening Protocols: A New Approach from Belgian Geriatric Units

Practicing universal screening for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carries many uncertainties in terms of cost-effectiveness and widespread consensus, especially when it involves high-risk units. This ambiguity has led to an investigation aimed at identifying the prevalence of MRSA in geriatric care units and highlighting the reasons behind this colonisation upon admission. A meticulous retrospective case-control…

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Revolutionizing the Treatment of Infections: Intriguing Clinical Advancements in Antibiotic Therapy, Antivirals and Vaccines

A recent study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases announced transformative results from a randomized clinical trial focusing on patients with low-risk Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections. The trial conducted across 31 hospitals in Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Spain, showed that an early switch from intravenous (IV) to oral antibiotic therapy was as effective as…

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The Power of Leadership and Education in Enhancing Infection Prevention and Control Measures in Hospitals

A study conducted on medical leaders and reported in the BMC Medical Education volume 23, article number 758 (2023) relates the successful impact of leadership support on the adherence to infection prevention and control (IPC) measures. The focus was to strengthen this support further through a specially designed educational program targeting chief medical officers (CMOs)…

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Revigorating Infection Prevention: Exploring the CDC’s Hospital Sepsis Program Core Elements

Sepsis, a condition characterized by the body’s extreme response to infection, poses a significant challenge to healthcare systems globally, and especially within the United States where it is a leading cause of mortality and hospital admission. It is estimated that annually, sepsis affects approximately 1.7 million people, resulting in roughly 350,000 deaths within the U.S.…

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Surge in Covid-19 Cases Through Several Areas in Kentucky Puts Strains on Local Hospitals and Schools

In the wake of a significant rise in Covid-19 cases causing closures of several school districts, Kentucky hospitals are experiencing an influx of hospital admissions. These factors can be traced back to the conclusion of the public-health emergency on May 11th. In a closer examination, during the initial full fortnight of August, there was an alarming…

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