Infection

Deadly pathogen discovered at Ohio long-term care facility could spell trouble elsewhere, researchers warn

Deadly pathogen discovered at Ohio long-term care facility could spell trouble elsewhere, researchers warn

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A type of drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa discovered in an Ohio long-term care facility has killed one person and infected six others, according to clinician researchers. A dangerous genetic element of this pathogen might already have been spreading, and "surveillance is urgently needed," the investigators announced.

New guidance on healthcare apparel aims to limit infections

New guidance on healthcare apparel aims to limit infections

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Long-term care facilities may want to evaluate their staff attire in light of new guidance on the best types of clothing to prevent infections in healthcare settings.

Hill-Rom teams up with Edison Nation Medical

Hill-Rom and Edison Nation Medical have formed a partnership to conduct a medical invention search. The companies are seeking ideas from healthcare providers and the public for new products, specifically to reduce the rate of infection for patients who receive inpatient or outpatient healthcare each year.

FDA alerts providers to lack of sterility in NuVision Pharmacy products

The Food and Drug Administration expanded an alert about NuVision Pharmacy of Dallas, TX, on Saturday. It said investigators found poor sterile production practices that raised concern about a lack of sterility assurance for the company's sterile drug products.

Higher humidity takes toll on flu virus

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Residents who want a room humid should be obliged because higher humidity levels can significantly reduce the infectiousness of influenza virus particles released by coughing, research shows.

Finding solutions in PICC-related thrombosis

Finding solutions in PICC-related thrombosis

Peripherally Inserted Central Venous Catheters (PICCs) are indispensible to medical treatments such as chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation, dialysis and parenteral nutrition, driving technology to constantly produce better central venous access and address the two most common problems: infection and thrombosis. These can be especially troublesome in a long-term care environment.

Taking steps to prevent Clostridium difficile infections

Taking steps to prevent Clostridium difficile infections

The numbers are in and they are grim. There are 165,000 cases, $1.3 billion in excess costs, and 9,000 deaths from Clostridium difficile infections that are healthcare-acquired in the United States annually.

Ask the treatment expert ... about the relationship of pain and wounds

Ask the treatment expert ... about the relationship of pain and wounds

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How can we best identify pain associated with wounds?

First guidelines issued for prosthetic joint infection treatment

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One million new knees and hips are transplanted each year. Up to 2% of those patients will get an infection in the new joint. The number of patients undergoing the transplants, and acquiring infections, is expected to rise, perhaps dramatically, in the next two decades.

'Smart' catheter could cut urinary tract infections in long-term care facilities: report

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Michigan researchers are developing a "smart" catheter that releases a bacteria-killing nitric oxide substance at the start of an infection, according to a report presented at a conference Thursday.

Infections raise risk of dangerous blood clots in the elderly, study finds

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Seniors suffering from virtually any type of infection are more likely to be hospitalized for dangerous blood clots in their deep veins or lungs, a new study finds.

Macular degeneration treatment linked to blindness, FDA advisory says

Injections of the cancer drug Avastin, which is also a treatment for the wet form of age-related macular degeneration, has been linked to reports of blindness.

Signs of infection in chronic wounds

Signs of infection in chronic wounds

Indicators of infection are subtle in chronic wounds.

New cellular technique could stop MRSA before it starts

It might be possible to stop super bugs like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) before they become harmful, new research shows.

Infections speed memory loss among those with Alzheimer's, study finds

Even the most minor infections or injuries can significantly hasten memory loss among people with Alzheimer's disease, according to a recently published study.