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Efforts to combat Clostridium difficile are coming up short, survey finds

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Long-term care operators and other healthcare providers are having limited success in combating Clostridium difficile infections, despite increasing their efforts in the last three years, according to recently released survey results.

Providers struggling to find adequate cleaners to battle Acinetobacter baumannii bug

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A new study of provider practices found that multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii was found in hospital rooms even after they were cleaned, according to a study in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

Mandatory vaccinations vs. voluntary — not for wimps!

Mandatory vaccinations vs. voluntary — not for wimps!

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Let's talk about that controversial topic: mandatory healthcare worker influenza vaccination. I can hear the arguments for both sides already. But I say the case is clear.

10-year-old Florida twins' hip-hop hand washing routine wins second annual APIC Film Festival

Ten-year-old twin brothers Jerry and Josie Herman, rapping about proper hand hygiene, won first place in the second annual Film Festival during the 39th Annual Educational Conference & International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). "Scrub-a-Dub Dub" was written and produced by the Creative Services Department at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. The video features former All Children's patient Jerry and his twin brother Josie, also of St. Petersburg. The three-and-a-half minute video reinforces proper hand hygiene technique for healthcare professionals.

Board-certified infection control directors linked to lower MRSA rates, study reveals

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Healthcare providers with board-certified infection prevention specialists on staff have substantially fewer methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections than those that don't, new research suggests.

A shot (and a beer?)

A shot (and a beer?)

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If you want to work here, you will get vaccinated. Period.

Healthcare worker attitudes toward flu vaccinations concerning, study suggests

Healthcare worker attitudes toward flu vaccinations concerning, study suggests

Concern for patient safety was only third in a list of reasons why healthcare workers get flu vaccinations, according to a study in Germany.