Infection Prevention

Catching on to C. difficle

Typically caused by antibiotic therapy, Clostridium difficile is now common in hospitals. Learn how to help stop the spread of this potentially fatal infection.

CDC Ebola information digital hub

Visit the CDC’s digital hub for the latest updates and information about the current Ebola outbreak. To educate yourself about the guidelines…

Clinical trials 101

Don’t miss the second in a four-part series on clinical trials written by nurses from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, which covers phases of clinical trials, informed consent, ethics, and more.

Ebola information from ANA

The American Nurses Association has compiled numerous resources and news updates about the current Ebola outbreak that can be accessed…

Environment, health, & safety

With the growing reuse of single-use medical devices, ANA supports improvements in end-of-use product management and research on ethical and safety issues related to these devices.

FDA approves Levaquin for plague

On April 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Levaquin (levofloxacin) to treat patients with plague. The drug was…

Helping patients survive sepsis

In its early stages, sepsis can be difficult to detect.
Learn about the sometimes-subtle signs and symptoms.

Hospital-acquired infections mortalities, costs

Two common conditions caused by hospital-acquired infections killed 48,000 people and ramped up health care costs by $8.1 billion in 2006 alone, according to a study released Feb. 22 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Issues up close – Fighting the invisible

MRSA, Clostridium difficile, and newly emerging “superbugs” are penetrating deeper into both healthcare and community settings. We need to use critical-thinking skills and rigorous infection control practices to outsmart these pathogens.

Letters to the Editor – May 2009

Speaking of psychic experiences Beth Wechsler’s article “A word about patients’ psychic experiences: Listen” in the March issue deserves to…

MERS resources from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published information about Middle East Respiratory System (MERS) for healthcare professionals.…

OSHA launches new safety website

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has launched its Worker Safety in Hospitals website, which include many resources to…

Our Readers Respond

Overcoming the fear of floating “Tips for floaters” (March 2010) accurately described the floater’s dilemma. By showing both sides of…

Reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections

Infections related to urinary catheters are the most common type of healthcare-acquired infection. The author describes his pilot study of an evidence-based intervention to reduce these infections.

Save a life-wash your hands

Did you grow up with your mother insisting you wash your hands? She was right! As nurses, we all know…

Soap and water wins again

Washing your hands with soap and water instead of alcohol-based rubs is more effective for removing Clostridium difficile spores from…

Study: Decreased sepsis mortality

A study published by Critical Care Medicine reports that in-hospital mortality rates for sepsis decreased from 47% between 1991 and…

Study: Disinfecting caps reduce CLABSI rates

Using a disinfection cap (with isopropyl alcohol) on central line catheters significantly reduced central-line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates, according…

Take Note – August 2008

Web exclusive! A monthly round-up of clinical and practice news and alerts at www.AmericanNurseToday.com

CLABSI

Three practice bundles to reduce CLABSIs

Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) remain a significant problem for most hospitals, despite a decade of focused improvement efforts using evidence-based guidelines.…

WHO releases new hepatitis C guidelines

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released “Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with hepatitis C infection.”…
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