Healthcare News & Insights

Infections declining in hospitals, but improvement is still needed

Good news: Facilities continue to make excellent strides with preventing hospital-acquired infections. Though there’s still a ways to go, new data shows the work hospitals have done over the past few years to improve patient safety has started to pay off. 

How one facility decreased viral infection rates in children by 44%

This year’s difficult flu season is almost over – and there’s more good news where that came from. A new study shows that using a specific form of disinfection technology can significantly reduce rates of viral infections in pediatric patients. 

Animal therapy: Prevent health risks at your hospital

Animal therapy programs at hospitals have many benefits. They improve the mood of both patients and staff, which contributes to better recoveries and a lower chance of burnout. But there are also risks involved in bringing animals onsite – and some hospitals aren’t keeping the potential problems in mind. 

Relationship between antibiotics, hospital beds & C. diff

Hospitals must do their part to reduce antibiotic use so they can stop the spread of deadly infections, including C. diff. If they aren’t necessary, these drugs can jeopardize the health of not just the patients who are prescribed them, but other hospital patients as well. And the risk can begin by assigning them a […] [MORE]

Opening doors in OR increases infection risks

It’s critical to remind your operating room staff to be mindful of how often they leave the area during surgery. Research shows the risk a patient has for contracting a post-operative infection increases each time the OR door opens. 

Cutting readmissions for one deadly condition

Because of high federal scrutiny, hospitals are looking to reduce readmissions rates for a number of conditions. New research gives insight as to how facilities can cut the rates for an illness with a high percentage of readmissions: sepsis.

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.

Heart surgeon at major hospital inadvertently infects 5 patients

As a hospital executive, you know your physicians, nurses and other medical professionals take every possible precaution to protect their patients from contracting any kind of hospital acquired infection. But humans beings aren’t perfect and equipment is fallible, and sometimes things just go wrong, like they did at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Oops! Turns out the appendix is important after all

Conventional wisdom says that the appendix doesn’t do much and won’t be missed after removal. But new research indicates the medical community might need to rethink that stance.

Doc advises fighting infection with…sugar?

A doctor’s new report claims certain infections respond well to treatment with sugar.