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SHEA 2023: Pandemic Past Must Inform the Future
Part post-mortem, part vision quest, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2023 meeting largely was a look at the pandemic past and what beasts are yet to come.
SHEA 2023: C. auris Spreads Across Healthcare Continuum
The first cluster of pediatric patients with Candida auris and the ability of the emerging fungal pathogen to spread rapidly across the healthcare continuum were revealed in outbreak reports at the recent conference of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
EPA Ethylene Oxide Reg Would Affect Hospitals
Citing the risk of cancer to healthcare workers, employees of commercial sterilizers, and the neighborhoods that surround the facilities, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed regulations to reduce use and prevent exposures to ethylene oxide gas sterilant.
Project Firstline: Creating a Culture of Shared Responsibility
About three years into an experiment to teach infection control basics to healthcare workers in short snippets directly online, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is doubling down on Project Firstline as key preparation for the next pandemic.
CDC Director Steps Down
After conceding that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made mistakes and errors in the pandemic response — then launched an ambitious effort to reinvent the agency — Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, has announced she will resign at the end of June 2023.
RSV Vaccine for Older Patients Receives Support
FDA approved Arexvy to protect people age 60 years and older against the respiratory syncytial virus.
CDC: Be Wary of Travelers From African Outbreaks
Marburg virus has caused outbreaks in two African nations, and healthcare workers should be aware of travel history for incoming patients with classic hemorrhagic fever symptoms.
Healthcare Workers Not Likely Infected, Colonized with C. auris
Recent reports highlighting the continuing increase and geographic spread of Candida auris — a multidrug-resistant fungus that is moving between healthcare facilities — have raised the question of whether healthcare workers could be infected or colonized with the emerging pathogen. It is highly unlikely, but the risk is not zero.
First Oral Fecal Microbiota Product Wins FDA Approval
There is a new tool available in the battle against one of the most common healthcare-associated infections in the United States.
Researchers Use Advanced Technology to Detect MIS-C
Scientists want to improve diagnostic techniques for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, which became a confounding problem during the COVID-19 pandemic.