Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter
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This issue of the ICCS Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter shares some of the biggest news items and developments from February. It was another month full of significant news stories that will likely be of interest to those in the infection prevention and control community or really anyone involved in providing safe patient care. Highlights selected by the Infection Control Consulting Services team include surgical attire infection prevention challenges, growing concerns with antibiotic resistance, infection risks in dental settings, risks presented by hospital floors and tools to improve safety culture.   

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3 Surgical Attire Battles You Should Fight — The director of evidence-based practice for the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) identifies three areas where she sees consistent breaks in safe attire practices and provides evidence she says team members can share and discuss to help their practice-breaking colleagues get it right. Areas discussed: head covering, laundering and wearing surgical attire outside of the perioperative setting.

Study: Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Rising in Children — A new study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society indicates that infections caused by a type of bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics are occurring more frequently in U.S. children, lending further support to the importance of antimicrobial stewardship programs.

CDC Brings Attention to Dental Infection Control and Prevention Practices — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Oral Health has wrote an article discussing the prevention of disease transmission in dental settings. While transmission of infectious agents between patients and dental healthcare personnel are not common, they do occur, and can have serious patient safety consequences.

WHO publishes list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed — The World Health Organization (WHO) published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens." It is a catalog of 12 families of bacteria that WHO has determined pose the greatest threat to human health.

Hospital floors may pose a larger health risk than previously thought — Hospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infection, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Since items in the patient’s room may touch the floor, pathogens on can rapidly move to the hands and high-touch surfaces throughout a room.

Infectious Outbreak in Critically Ill Children Leads to Recall of Contaminated Medication — Infection prevention and control experts at Texas Children's Hospital halted a 24-patient outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia in critically ill children after identifying docusate, a liquid stool softener from a compounding pharmacy, as the underlying source of the bacteria.

New Sentinel Event Alert on Establishing and Improving Safety Culture in Health Care — The Joint Commission has issued a new Sentinel Event Alert that provides actions and resources to help healthcare organizations establish and continuously improve upon key components of safety culture.

Survey: 24% of hospital staff witness expired or recalled product used on a patient — A survey conducted by Cardinal Health of more than 400 healthcare providers identified this and other concerning statistics, supporting the importance of improving an organization's supply chain.

Antibiotics ineffective in reducing S. aureus in ventilated patients — A study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases reveals that antibiotics are ineffective both in reducing Staphylococcus aureus in the lower airway and preventing ventilator-associated tracheobronchitis and pneumonia in ventilated patients.

American Veterinary Medical Association Targets Antimicrobial Resistance — Antimicrobial stewardship isn't limited to people. The American Veterinary Medical Association released a report designed to help veterinary practices combat the threat of antimicrobial resistance.
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