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Articles Tagged With: CDC

  • Project Firstline: Teaching the ‘Why’ of Infection Prevention

    In paring down its isolation guidelines, the CDC is moving in step with its Project Firstline initiative an ambitious effort to teach all healthcare workers the basics of infection prevention.

  • CDC Revising Isolation Guidelines; Revisiting Airborne, Droplet Spread

    Infection prevention leaders welcomed the CDC's plan to revise its 2007 patient isolation guideline, which will include dropping the current 206-page “textbook” approach for a leaner, more user-friendly document that healthcare workers can easily access and understand.

  • OSHA Updates Stance on COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

    OSHA is reopening the rulemaking record to allow for new data and comments on the Emergency Temporary Standard issued June 21, 2021, intended to protect workers in healthcare settings from occupational exposure to COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Protects Mothers, Newborns

    COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy issues have been clouded by misinformation, leading women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant to decline immunization. The accumulating evidence strongly suggests not only does vaccination safeguard pregnant women against severe infection, it confers protective immunity to the newborn baby.

  • OSHA Finalizing COVID-19 Rule in Healthcare Settings

    OSHA has briefly reopened comments and slated a public hearing for April 27 as it moves to finalize its Emergency Temporary Standard to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19.
  • CDC Paring Down Patient Isolation Guidelines to User-Friendly Format

    The CDC is revising its 2007 patient isolation guidelines, going from a ponderous 206-page “textbook” to a simplified “lean” document that healthcare workers can easily access and understand, according to recent discussions at a CDC advisory committee meeting.
  • Heart Failure Treatment Can Increase Healthcare Expenses

    Heart failure affects 6.2 million American adults and is implicated in more than 370,000 deaths each year. It costs the nation more than $30 billion a year, according to CDC data. By 2030, 8 billion people will be diagnosed with heart failure in the United States. The annual cost of caring for these patients is close to $30,000, mostly for inpatient care. The results of a recent review reveal the economic burden of heart failure for patients and the healthcare system is increasing due to high costs of hospitalization/rehospitalizations and chronic treatments.

  • Vaccine Expert: SARS-CoV-2 Is Becoming Endemic

    Make of it what you will in an unpredictable pandemic, but one of the nation’s leading vaccine and immunology experts sees COVID-19 fading to a somewhat undefined endemic level and then returning as a seasonal virus next winter.
  • U.S. Chlamydia Rates Continue to Climb

    The chlamydia infection rate has been rising unabated. While rates of some STIs have fluctuated over the past 40 to 80 years, chlamydia rates have increased progressively since the first reporting data became available in 1984.
  • STI Rates Increasing, but Efficient Testing Can Help

    Incidence rates of many sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have increased in the years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is evidence that STIs have continued to rise during the pandemic, according to the results of a new study.