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July 1, 2017

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  • Feds Issue Call to Action on Legionella Outbreaks

    Federal health officials report a striking surge in healthcare-associated Legionnaires’ disease, with the CMS underscoring the threat by ordering assessments of hospital water systems where the pathogen thrives.

  • Heart of Darkness: Ebola Vaccine in Congo

    While the world holds its breath, there are signs an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo may be fading back. However, given the devastation and some 11,000 deaths caused by the 2014 outbreak in West Africa, the last thing the World Health Organization is going to do is take this deadly hemorrhagic fever lightly.

  • Are You Ready for Next Infectious Disease Event?

    IPs and hospital epidemiologists who are not well-positioned within their organization and connected to key collaborators during routine operations will be severely challenged when an infectious disease emergency strikes, warns Stephen Weber, MD, an epidemiologist and chief medical officer at the University of Chicago.

  • Think Outside of the [Recessed] Box

    A common feature in hemodialysis units – recessed wall boxes to hook up water and other lines – can become a reservoir for pathogens if not subjected to routine cleaning and infection control measures, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigator reports.

  • The Joint Commission Citing for Sterilization

    Hospitals are continuing to run afoul of The Joint Commission accreditation inspectors for equipment that has been improperly sterilized or subjected to insufficient high-level disinfection.

  • For Everything There Is a Season – Including SSIs?

    While it is way too early to advise patients to have elective surgery in the dead of winter, researchers are unraveling some telling indications that surgical site infections are much more likely to occur in the hottest months of the year.

  • HCV: Is It Better to Test and Treat Than Try PEP?

    Despite – or perhaps because of -- the incredible cure rates being achieved by new drugs for hepatitis C virus, experts say post-exposure prophylaxsis for exposed healthcare workers is not the path to pursue. Given a host of undermining variables, it is better to repeatedly test a worker who suffers a needlestick, ready to treat as soon as a seroconversion occurs, experts concur.