A lack of test kits has forced hospitals to send potentially exposed workers home for just-in-case quarantines. But that means fewer staff on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
It starts with a fever and a cough, sometimes coupled with wheezing and nausea. So far this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 310,000 hospitalizations and 18,000 deaths in the U.S. alone, and the epidemic is worldwide.
Don’t panic, I’m not talking about coronavirus. I’m referring to this year’s seasonal flu.
The lack of transparency puts patients at risk, some say. Institutions say disclosure could scare some people away from seeking needed medical care.
To curb life-threatening infections, medical centers are setting hygiene standards for commonplace equipment.
Imagine you need to go into hospital. First, you are likely to be seen in the emergency department, and then moved to a ward room for further treatment and recovery.
Unknown to you, the last patient in your room had an infection caused by a multi-drug resistant pathogen (bug) – meaning the standard antibiotics can’t fight it.
Unfortunately, research suggests if you are admitted to a room where the last patient had this kind of infection, you are significantly more likely to be infected by that same pathogen than if you were admitted to a room where the last patient wasn’t infected.
By ripping out floor tiles, reconfiguring pipes, and maybe deploying a hydrogen peroxide–spraying robot. Plus, a lot of bleach.
Health care workers’ mobile devices could make patients sick.
The concept of the intensive care unit (ICU) as the root of an outbreak may seem contradictory to the usual thinking of infectious disease spread. Usually, the chances are higher in areas where there are more people and traffic, such as an emergency room. But in reality, the only troublesome route of spread in an emergency room is respiratory droplets, and in most cases, the amount spread is not enough to transmit infection to others.
Figuring out a way to help contain MRSA has been a vexing problem for large hospital systems . While designing a protocol to help decolonize and reduce bacterial counts in the hospital is crucial, devoting adequate resources and attention to patients discharged with MRSA is equally important in reducing readmissions.
Infection control is likely among the most often discussed topics in improving senior health, as well as the health of others obtaining services from health care providers. However, seniors may have a higher risk of susceptibility to infections, which may be the result of weakened immune systems or other general health problems.
In hospitals around the world, the snakelike duodenoscope is regarded as an indispensable tool for diagnosing and treating diseases of the pancreas and bile ducts.
But these fiber-optic devices have a remarkable drawback: Although they are inserted into the upper part of the small intestine through the mouth and constantly reused, they cannot be sterilized by the usual methods.
Instead, they are hand-scrubbed and then put through dishwasher-like machines that use chemicals to kill microorganisms. Even when cleaned as instructed, the devices may still retain bacteria that can be transmitted to patients.
The one factor most associated with infection was (drum roll): dry air. At low relative humidity, indoor air was strongly associated with higher infection rates. “When we dry the air out, droplets and skin flakes carrying viruses and bacteria are launched into the air, traveling far and over long periods of time. The microbes that survive this launching tend to be the ones that cause healthcare-associated infections.
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