Hospital Infection Control & Prevention – May 1, 2023
May 1, 2023
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Drug-Resistant Candida auris Now in Half of U.S. States
The seemingly inexorable rise and spread of drug-resistant Candida auris continues in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that clinical infections increased 59% in 2020, then nearly doubled in 2021 with a 95% jump.
Fungi: Pop Culture Darling a Future Pandemic Threat
Raising public awareness, fungi are having something of a pop culture moment in podcasts, videos, and a popular post-apocalyptic television series.
CLABSI Collaboration Cuts Infection Rates 70%
Infection preventionists and colleagues from quality and education spearheaded a hospital-wide team and engaged all staff to dramatically reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections by 70%.
SHEA, APIC Update CLABSI Guidelines
Chlorhexidine-containing dressings are now considered an “essential practice” for the prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections in patients older than age 2 months, according to a consensus paper by five medical societies and associations.
Aftermath: COVID Catastrophe in LTC Spurs Calls for Change
As of March 26, 2023, there were 165,347 nursing home resident deaths and 3,067 staff deaths caused by SARS-CoV-2 reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
CDC: Be Wary of Travelers from African Outbreaks
Marburg virus has caused outbreaks in two African nations, and infection preventionists should be aware of travel history for incoming patients with hemorrhagic fever symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned.