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A one-minute test that could uncover malaria

August 6, 2013 5:09 pm by | 0 Comments

When Brian Grimberg and a team at Case Western Reserve University began working on their Rapid Assessment of Malaria (RAM) device nearly four years ago, it was the size of…


New weapon against HAIs traps airborne germs in a ‘maze’ & zaps them with UV light

New weapon against HAIs traps airborne germs in a ‘maze’ & zaps them with UV light

March 11, 2014 5:57 am by | 0 Comments

Dirty hands and surfaces aren’t the only places loaded with bacteria in hospitals. According to Dr. David Kirschman, healthcare settings are teeming with airborne pathogens that could cause infection, but…


Hospitals should not make patients the hand-washing police

Hospitals should not make patients the hand-washing police

October 2, 2013 7:32 am by | 5 Comments

Hospitals struggle to get doctors and nurses to wash their hands. That’s a serious problem, since hand washing is one of the keys to reducing healthcare acquired infections that afflict more than a million patients a year and kill over 100,000. And it’s one of the reasons you should try your best to stay out […]



Study finds treating five common, preventable hospital infections costs U.S. $10B a year

Study finds treating five common, preventable hospital infections costs U.S. $10B a year

September 12, 2013 11:35 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Infections acquired in the hospital cost the U.S. health care system $10 billion a year, new findings show.
Past studies have pegged the annual cost of treating those infections at $20 billion to $40 billion, so the new num…


Texas health official warns of whooping cough epidemic with nearly 2,000 cases reported

Texas health official warns of whooping cough epidemic with nearly 2,000 cases reported

September 6, 2013 12:28 pm by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Whooping cough has reached epidemic proportions in Texas and could hit a 50-year high, a health official said on Thursday.
Nearly 2,000 cases of whooping cough have been reported in Texas this year. Two infants, who were too young to recei…


Daily phone calls to high-risk patients becoming standard in push to cut readmissions

Daily phone calls to high-risk patients becoming standard in push to cut readmissions

May 19, 2013 4:40 am by | 1 Comments

Stephanie Celani not only knew the phone number of her patient John Pantalone, she also knew his weight to the half-pound when asked one day this month.
That’s because Celani, a registered nurse at Advocare L.L.C., a 380-member physicians group in Marl…


Bacteria-killing viruses could make medical implants safer

Bacteria-killing viruses could make medical implants safer

May 11, 2013 7:49 am by | 0 Comments

Researchers attach viral hitmen to surfaces to demonstrate a new possibility in antibacterial defense for catheters and other medical devices. Medical implants like catheters and pacemakers can be a hotspot…


Study: Oregon’s drug-resistant bugs are as bad in outpatients as in hospitals

Study: Oregon’s drug-resistant bugs are as bad in outpatients as in hospitals

April 19, 2013 4:00 am by | 0 Comments

While hospitals have been increasingly on alert for drug-resistant bacteria, the problem may be just as bad in outpatient or ambulatory care settings, Oregon researchers have found.
A team from Oregon State University, Oregon Health & Science Unive…



Colorado biotech’s latest milestones exemplify big-picture progress toward a dengue vaccine

Colorado biotech’s latest milestones exemplify big-picture progress toward a dengue vaccine

March 21, 2013 9:28 am by | 0 Comments

The tropical disease dengue fever isn’t something we hear or worry about much in the U.S. So when virologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published study…


Hospitals revise bathing regimen to reduce infections

Hospitals revise bathing regimen to reduce infections

February 14, 2013 2:36 am by | 3 Comments

Say goodbye to soap and water and basin baths in hospital adult intensive-care units as more facilities turn to disposable pre-moistened antiseptic cloths to bathe patients in an effort to reduce infections.
Research in the New England Journal of Medic…


Patients need to be proactive with surgery prep

Patients need to be proactive with surgery prep

January 28, 2013 9:21 am by | 0 Comments

Patients expect some preoperative homework when they schedule a surgical procedure.
Stop eating and drinking at midnight; no chomping down on fried foods the night before. Makeup or nail polish is a no-no. Don’t take medications unless your doc gives t…


How to improve hand hygiene compliance in healthcare? These 5 companies have some ideas

How to improve hand hygiene compliance in healthcare? These 5 companies have some ideas

December 4, 2012 10:44 am by | 2 Comments

It’s the most basic of principles, really, to keep your hands clean to prevent the spread of infections. But it’s something the healthcare industry has struggled with, despite the notion…


Collaborative project among 7 hospitals shows simple steps reduce infections

Collaborative project among 7 hospitals shows simple steps reduce infections

November 29, 2012 9:29 am by | 0 Comments

Seven health care institutions participated in a quality-improvement project advanced by the Joint Commission and the American College of Surgeons to reduce colorectal surgical-site infection rates. During a two and a half year period, those facilitie…


Bedside disinfector would bring patients into the HAI prevention strategy for hospitals

Bedside disinfector would bring patients into the HAI prevention strategy for hospitals

November 15, 2012 2:29 pm by | 0 Comments

As the healthcare industry spends millions of dollars developing vaccines, large-scale disinfectors and hand washing initiatives for care providers, a Cleveland-area nurse and her husband are proposing a much simpler…


mBio Diagnostics gets $3.2M to bring bedside testing for infectious diseases to developing countries

mBio Diagnostics gets $3.2M to bring bedside testing for infectious diseases to developing countries

September 26, 2012 2:37 pm by | 0 Comments

A portable, easy-to-use bedside device could make it easier for clinics in developing countries to test for HIV, hepatitis, syphilis and other infectious diseases. mBio Diagnostics Inc. just brought in…


Virginia VA dental clinic hires more people to improve sterilization process, close investigation

Virginia VA dental clinic hires more people to improve sterilization process, close investigation

September 13, 2012 9:48 am by | 0 Comments

ST. LOUIS — The federal investigation into problems with cleanliness at the John Cochran VA Medical Center dental clinic has closed after the hospital improved its sterilization procedures, according to a report released Wednesday.
The report from the…