Healthcare News & Insights

Germ cops: Newest tool to prevent hospital-acquired infections

Hospitals are finding that more active intervention is the most effective way to reduce the rates of hospital-acquired infections among patients. 

HHS announces new disease prevention program

The Dept. of Health and Human Services has unveiled a new 10-year agenda to promote good health and disease prevention.

Study: Pediatric MRSA infections increase 10x

Over the past 10 years, the rate at which children are hospitalized with MRSA infections has jumped from 2 to 21 patients per 1,000 admissions.

Hospital uses spies to catch non-handwashing employees

It’s not as if employees don’t know to wash their hands. But time-crunched staffers can easily forget to hit the sanitizer on the way out of a patient’s room. One hospital found a new approach to improve compliance. 

Study: Surprisingly simple way to reduce C. difficile infections

Researchers have discovered a way to drastically reduce one of the most common hospital-acquired infections. It’s as simple as a bleach wipe.

Hospital acquired complications cost average hospital $2M per year

Completely preventable problems cost an average-sized hospital millions per year. And take a toll on patients.

New research outlines true cost of hospital acquired infections

Hospital-acquired cases of pneumonia and sepsis could cost more than $8 billion in increased health costs — and 48,000 patient deaths — annually.

New badges track which staffers are — and aren’t — washing their hands

Following hand-washing protocols is one of the easiest — and most often ignored — ways to keep infections from spreading. But staffers may balk at the newest solution to this problem.

Is an MBA the new prereq for M.D.s?

The changing nature of health care means physicians have more patient information available to them than ever before. Problem is, they don’t always understand the business side of the industry.

Case study: What’s really working to reduce hospital-acquired infections

Evidence shows the most effective weapons against a variety of hospital-acquired infections are incredibly low-tech.