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June 1, 2022

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  • OSHA Urged to Break with CDC in Finalizing COVID-19 Regulation

    Despite pleas for flexibility by infection control groups, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is being urged by one of its more prominent former directors to adopt a tough standard that emphasizes airborne precautions to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19.

  • Bad to the Bone: Huge TB Outbreak Traced to One Donor

    A massive Mycobacterium tuberculosis outbreak spread to 81 bone tissue recipients in 20 states, leading to multiple patient deaths and 73 latent infections in healthcare workers, investigators with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

  • Joint Commission Surveys in the Time of COVID-19

    How far is The Joint Commission behind on healthcare accreditation surveys? By the end of June 2022, they expect to be caught up with scheduled inspections — for 2021. However, the accrediting body for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is gamely moving forward, using virtual technology for some facilities, and conducting on-site inspections at hospitals.

  • Unexplained Pediatric Hepatitis Cases Detected Globally

    As of May 5, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was investigating 109 children with hepatitis of unknown origin across 25 states and territories. More than half of them have tested positive for adenovirus.

  • Is a Healthcare Infection a Medical Error? Nurse Conviction Roils Patient Safety

    Over the last two decades, there has been a tectonic shift of the perception that healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) were an inevitable consequence of invasive care to the radical notion that most infections actually are preventable. This has raised the question, at least in some cases, of whether failure to prevent an HAI is indeed a medical error. This discussion no longer is academic.