Healthcare News & Insights

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Is universal use of gloves & gowns the answer to containment?

When it comes to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are associated with increased patient morbidity and mortality, healthcare workers are a key factor. That’s why hospitals implement sanitary protocols. But do those protocols really work? 

Patient ratings can predict hospitals’ performance

A new study indicates that patients’ online ratings of hospitals correlate to how well hospitals perform on measures of infection and death rates.

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.

Does your morning coffee protect against MRSA?

Coffee and tea drinkers are less likely to carry the antibiotic-resistant superbug, according to new research.

New strain of MRSA discovered in milk

Just what we all needed: A new source for hard-to-kill MRSA infections!

Bedbugs: The newest vector for MRSA

As if they weren’t creepy enough, bedbugs have now been discovered to harbor drug-resistant bacteria.

‘Superbug’ is spreading, now in California

Patients in California are now becoming ill with a deadly infection as the hard-to-treat superbug makes it way into health care facilities across the nation.

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. 

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.