Families are bracing for a relentless season of airborne illnesses, compounded by the ongoing circulation of COVID-19 alongside the annual flu season. Adding to the complexity is the spike in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), particularly affecting young children and older adults.
Akadeum Life Sciences, a Michigan-based firm pioneering microbubble cell separation, has teamed up with Agilent Technologies to offer a viral DNA/RNA wastewater prep kit to provide faster, simpler sample preparation and analysis of total wastewater samples while requiring fewer steps compared to existing processes.
For pharmacies in most of Europe, Canada, and the U.S., flu outbreaks result in peak demand and a significantly increased pressure on personnel, elevating their risk of burnout. During these trying times, pharmacy software systems come to the rescue.
The leadership team at Phoebe Putney Health System recognized a pressing need to enhance real-time point-of-care adherence to sepsis care protocols and ensure the timely continuity of care for sepsis patients.
The Safety Grades assign a letter grade to nearly 3,000 general hospitals on how well they prevent medical errors, accidents, and infections. The latest grades show hospitals reducing HAIs post-pandemic, after significant increases in infection rates during the COVID-19 pandemic. This cycle, nearly 30% of hospitals earned an “A,” 24% earned a “B,” 39% earned a “C,” 7% earned a “D,” and less than 1% earned an “F.”
As part of PSQH’s celebration of International Infection Prevention Week, we decided to reach out to our readers with a few questions to find out the state of infection prevention efforts. The Quick Poll had a total of 400 respondents.
On episode 90 of PSQH: The Podcast, Dr. Payal Patel, an infectious disease physician at Intermountain Health, talks about new guidance on preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections. This episode is sponsored by GOJO, the makers of Purell, as part of International Infection Prevention Week.
By Lori Moore, MPH, BSN, RN, MSCE Hand hygiene is an important evidence-based practice that spans across all hierarchies and disciplines. Despite the evidence and numerous guidelines for proper hand hygiene, healthcare workers (HCW), on average, clean their hands less than half of the times they should.1 When hand hygiene improvement efforts fall short, … Continued
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.