Antibiotic-resistance continues to be a challenge for the healthcare industry, as medical and public health professionals look for ways to combat it even as more multiple-drug resistant bacteria, viruses, and fungi emerge.
Most sharps injuries—84%—occur among healthcare workers, NIOSH confirmed in a recently released analysis. Injuries from a needle or other sharp objects can expose workers to bloodborne pathogens, such as human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases, NIOSH said in the September edition of its eNews.
The CDC is urging hospitals to implement broader source control as COVID-19 cases are spiking across the country along with an uptick in cases of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. Influenza is also a concern, especially as schools are back in session.
Hospitalized patients with sepsis have a high mortality rate, as the infection acts rapidly and can be hard to distinguish from other medical conditions. According to the CDC, at least 1.7 million adults in America develop sepsis and at least 350,000 adults who develop sepsis die during their hospitalization or are moved into hospice care.
Universal masking in healthcare facilities was adopted during the pandemic based on research that indicates masking could reduce the risk of respiratory viral transmission. Many healthcare organizations have lifted universal masking requirements since the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency earlier this year.
Any infection can result in sepsis, and the CDC states that nearly 87% of sepsis cases start before the patient gets to the hospital. Sepsis is also a notable cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In America, 1.7 million adults develop sepsis, and 350,000 die during their hospitalization, according to the CDC.
HealthLeaders continues the conversation with Devin Jopp, CEO of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) about the need for infection control oversight in the home health setting. As more individuals prefer to receive care in their home and older adults opt to age in place, home healthcare has seen substantial growth in the aftermath of the pandemic. Here is part two of HealthLeaders’ interview with Jopp.
Here, we offer three investigations that uncovered unexpected pathways of healthcare associated infections, less well-known sources of infections, and novel approaches to pinpointing and mitigating the root cause of infection. With this insight, healthcare professionals can find ways to partner more quickly, creatively, and effectively stop healthcare associated outbreaks.
Hearing about Dr. Ventura’s research on the use of serial pancreatic stone protein to diagnose sepsis led our Sepsis Advisory Board to propose to the Global Sepsis Alliance that he be invited to speak at the 4th World Sepsis Congress on the topic “Current Research on Sepsis Biomarkers.” Biomarkers are biological molecules found in blood, other body fluids, or tissues that can help in diagnosis or treatment.
Patient safety includes medical errors that impact patients and “near misses” that could have reached patients. Patient safety has been a pressing issue in healthcare since 1999, with the publication of the landmark report To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. York, Pennsylvania-based WellSpan Health reassessed the health system’s approach to patient safety in 2020.