• CDC awards $26 million for Prevention Epicenters

    The CDC announced it will award $26 million to five academic medical centers to reduce infections and improve patient safety. The medical centers were provided funding through the Prevention Epicenters Program which has been extended through 2020. Already six other academic medical centers are working on similar research thanks to funding that was previously awarded … Continued

  • STEMI Initiative Cuts Response Time by 72%

    A quality program at UNC Hospitals empowers non-physician clinicians to activate response teams for cardiology inpatients using triage protocols used by first responders.

  • UN Declares Drug Resistance a Global Threat

    The fight against antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) infections has become a hot topic in 2016, and the United Nations (UN) has now joined the fray. This year, The Joint Commission and CMS making antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) mandatory for all healthcare facilities. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, 74 drug makers, 11 diagnostic test manufacturers, and … Continued

  • How MRSA Rates Sunk 42% at SC Health System

    After a South Carolina health system introduced an electronic system for monitoring handwashing compliance among clinical staff, it saw MRSA rates plummet.

  • New Research Refines Approach to Hand Hygiene

    A new CDC campaign, the ‘yuck factor,’ and new research on automated surveillance. Patient safety and infection control experts commonly refer to hand hygiene as the simplest, most effective way to prevent disease transmission. The only problem is healthcare providers still aren’t very good at it. According to the CDC, healthcare professionals wash their hands … Continued