Hospital Infection Control & Prevention – October 1, 2023
October 1, 2023
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The connection between emerging infections and climate change has gone from theoretical discussions in the past few years to an evidence-based phenomenon happening in real time. That said, there are multiple converging factors, and attributing all emerging infections to global warming is too broad a stroke to explain a complex issue.
New compendium recommendations by the nation’s leading infection control groups on catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) emphasize that, in most cases, screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria does more harm than good.
Even pressed and folded, so-called “hygienically clean” hospital laundry can harbor fungal pathogens, sometimes in sufficient number to cause fatal mucormycosis infections in high-risk patients, outbreak investigators reported at the 2023 conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
Social media platforms have become the Wild West of misinformation, and current indications suggest this is going to continue and possibly expand, said Donna Nucci, RN, MS, CIC, director of infection prevention, Yale New Haven Health.