Healthcare News & Insights

More evidence why hospitals must educate patients about hand hygiene

If your hospital doesn’t include patients in its hand-hygiene efforts, it needs to start. Here’s why: New research suggests patients could be just as responsible as healthcare workers for spreading superbugs from one patient to the next by not thoroughly washing their hands. 

Hospital plumbing may contain superbugs: Keeping patients safe from infections

Hospital-acquired infections should be a major concern for your facility, but there may be additional culprits you’re not addressing. A new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed large amounts of antibiotic-resistant organisms in hospital plumbing. 

Dogs may help hospitals fight superbugs

Infection control is a serious issue for hospitals, especially regarding deadly superbugs. These bacteria sicken thousands of patients each year, and hospitals are trying many tactics to keep them under control. Soon, they may have some assistance in sniffing out superbugs from man’s best friend. 

Why hand hygiene is critical for patients

Hand hygiene isn’t just important for doctors and nurses. New information shows that getting patients to be more vigilant about washing their own hands can help stop the spread of superbugs and bacteria in hospitals. 

‘Nudges’ cut back on unnecessary antibiotic use

Many hospitals are still struggling to get doctors to prescribe fewer antibiotics to patients. One recent study looked at how effective a few gentle “nudges” might be in helping doctors avoid unnecessary antibiotic use. 

More outbreaks linked to tainted scopes in hospitals

Your hospital may want to be extra careful when performing procedures on patients with fiber-optic duodenoscopes. Here’s why: There’s been another reported superbug outbreak directly linked to tainted scopes in hospitals. 

Tool linked to superbug outbreak in hospitals

After local officials noticed a cluster of cases of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections in hospitals, they investigated the source. And in each case, the disease had the same origin: contaminated duodenoscopes.

MRSA-reducing fabric slashes transmission rates

Even when health care workers are diligent about hand-washing, germs can hitch a ride between patients on their clothes. New fabrics may help reduce the problem.