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Estimates of Healthcare-Associated Infections

October 20, 2007

A new report from CDC updates previous estimates of healthcare-associated infections. In American hospitals alone, healthcare-associated infections account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year. Of these infections: 32 percent of all healthcare-associated infection are urinary tract infections 22 percent …

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Clostridium difficile – Overview

October 20, 2007

What is Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)? Clostridium difficile [klo-STRID-ee-um dif-uh-SEEL] is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis. What are C. difficile diseases? They are diseases that result from C. difficile infections such as Colitis, more serious intestinal conditions, …

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Varicella (Chickenpox)

October 19, 2007

Overview of Varicella (Chickenpox) in Healthcare Settings Varicella (i.e., chickenpox) is a highly contagious disease caused by varicella zostervirus (VZV). Transmission of Varicella within healthcare facilities is well recognized, and guidelines for the prevention of nosocomial VZV infection previously have been published. Sources for healthcare-associated …

Bloodborne Pathogens – Overview

October 18, 2007

OSHA estimates that 5.6 million workers in the health care industry and related occupations are at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and others.   All occupational exposure to blood or …

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Acinetobacter

October 17, 2007

What is Acinetobacter? Acinetobacter (ass in ee toe back ter) is a group of bacteria commonly found in soil and water. It can also be found on the skin of healthy people, especially healthcare personnel. While there are many types or “species” of Acinetobacter and …

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Burkholderia cepacia

October 17, 2007

B. cepacia is the name for a group or “complex” of bacteria that can be found in soil and water. B. cepacia bacteria are often resistant to common antibiotics. Populations susceptible to B. cepacia infection B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people. However, …

The Quality of Air in Healthcare

October 13, 2007

Indoor air can become very contaminated, like the murky water in a stagnant pond. Unfortunately, “dirty” indoor air often cannot be visually distinguished from clean air. Many of the contaminants in the air are particulates, less than ten microns in size, and the respiratory system …