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Healthcare-associated Infection

Superbugs threaten hospital patients

Superbugs threaten hospital patients

CDC's latest Vital Signs report urges healthcare workers to use a combination of infection control recommendations to better protect patients from healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antibiotic resistance.

3/3/2016 8:03:00 AM

Nearly half a million Americans suffer from C. difficile infections in single year

Nearly half a million Americans suffer from C. difficile infections in single year

An estimated 15,000 deaths are directly attributable to C. difficile infections, making it a substantial cause of infectious disease death in the United States.

2/25/2015 7:37:00 AM

Hospital Infections: Some Progress, but More Work Needed

Hospital Infections: Some Progress, but More Work Needed

Today, CDC released two new reports that detail national estimates of HAIs and report on national and state-specific progress toward preventing HAIs. These reports show that progress is being made, but three-quarters of a million infections still threaten hospital patients.

3/26/2014 7:55:00 AM

MRSA study: simple steps slash deadly infections in sickest hospital patients

MRSA study: simple steps slash deadly infections in sickest hospital patients

A new study on antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals shows that using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

5/29/2013 5:11:00 PM

The Impact of Unsafe Injection Practices in U.S. Healthcare Settings

The Impact of Unsafe Injection Practices in U.S. Healthcare Settings

More than 150,000 patients have been impacted by unsafe injection practices since 2001. Breakdowns in proper infection control often involve providers reusing needles, syringes or single-dose medication vials, all of which are meant for one patient and one procedure.

11/28/2012 7:00:00 AM

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