Million Dollar Athletes Get Infections too!!

The spread of infection has been a topic of concern on many people’s mind, lately. Do you think about infections in the sense that bacteria and viruses can harm you? Mindith Rahmat wrote an article that is very eye-opening. “MRSA Infections: Prevent Transmission in Your Gym”. Rahmat states that methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and carbapenem-resistant[…]

Did you know bacteria can talk to each other?

The thought of superbugs scares most of us to death. Now we must think about that two may work together. And antibiotics may encourage the partnership. Researchers say we should think about bacteria as members of an antibiotic-resistant ecosystem in healthcare environments. They don’t act or respond by themselves any more. In a study of[…]

What is the value of infection prevention?

Infection prevention is on the mind of just about everyone in healthcare but that doesn’t mean Infection Preventionist (IP) don’t have to show their programs have value. Promoting the value of infection prevention programs and securing the resources necessary to ensure the continued viability of such programs has become imperative for the IP. In the[…]

Staph is not just a Healthcare Issue

I got a call from my friend Mark on Friday afternoon.  He was very concerned about a place on this back of his leg.  I asked him to send me a picture to see if I was concerned it was staph.  I sent it to Tracy, a nurse practitioner friend, to validate.  Yes, it looked[…]

Just Wash Your Hands!!

Infectious disease death trends In the US is illustrated in a recent article written by Heather Punke.  In the last 25 years, infectious diseases are responsible for 5.4% of all deaths.  I found a couple of her key points interesting. Clostridium difficile death used to be non-existent but mortality exploded reaching a plateau of 2.4/100,000[…]

What Every Patient Should Worry About… Sepsis

Sepsis is a condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs, sometimes progressing to septic shock.  Sepsis causes more hospital readmissions than any of the conditions used by CMS to levy readmission penalties on hospitals. New analysis gathered by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and[…]

Is Mold Hysteria for Real?

Indoor mold is a strong concern for many people due to the recent flooding in several states.  Mold growth is imminent if steps aren’t taken to prevent it.  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes: Mold is not usually a problem unless it grows inside.  The best way to control mold is to control moisture.[…]

Infection Prevention Tips for Million Dollar Athletes: And Everyone Else!

The CDC has specific guidelines for athletic facilities to reduce the chance of MRSA infection and promote proper hygiene.  Along with personal hygiene, cleaning commonly touched surfaces and areas that come into direct contact with skin, sweat, or blood is imperative.  Any shared equipment that comes into direct skin contact should be disinfected after each use.[…]

The number of infections among long term care residents is unknown.

Long term care(LTC) residents are at risk of catching multi-drug resistant (MDR) infections that are easily spread within the facility.  Between 11% and 59% of LTC residents have been colonized with multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO).  The person is colonized when a germ is on the skin or in the body.  This puts them in danger[…]

Do We Really Know What is Killing People in Hospitals?

In a recent article published by Reuters, the evidence mounts that drug resistant infections pose a big threat in healthcare.  To add to the crisis, they found that the healthcare industry often hides the problem.  The article cited case after case of patients that have died as a result of a drug resistant bacterial infection[…]