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Compliance with infection control guidelines poor; worse in low-income countries

August 4, 2015

Compliance with recommended infection control guidelines in low- and middle-income countries is substandard, with opportunity for improvement in hospitalwide surveillance, antibiotic management and written policies, according to recent data.

In the study, researchers evaluated the Infection Control Assessment Tool (ICAT), a method of assessing infection control created by WHO and the U.S. Agency for International Development to identify goals for improving practice and reducing health care-associated infections (HAIs). Six sites completed ICAT modules through the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s ambassador program: Nepal (low income), India (low-middle income), Argentina, Hungary and South Africa (upper-middle income), and Greece (high income).

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Patient movement increases risk for transferring P. aeruginosa infection in cystic fibrosis

August 4, 2015
The movement of patients within cystic fibrosis centers appeared likely to be an important risk factor for the acquisition of shared P. aeruginosa strain infections…
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Residence predicts pediatric hospitalizations for bronchiolitis, pneumonia

August 4, 2015
A child’s home address in a low socioeconomic status area was predictive of future bronchiolitis or pneumonia hospitalization, according to recent study…

NIH grant supports repurposing of pain drug for Chagas’ disease

August 4, 2015
The NIH has awarded a grant to University of California, San Diego researchers to explore whether SAR114137, a chronic pain medication, could be repurposed for the…
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Two-dose chickenpox vaccination program reduces US outbreaks by 78%

August 3, 2015
A routine two-dose varicella vaccination program launched in 2007 has drastically reduced the number of chickenpox outbreaks in the United States, a recent study…
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