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Search results for "Nosocomial Infections"
Journal Article > Review
Systematic review: antimicrobial urinary catheters to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infection in hospitalized patients.
Johnson JR, Kuskowski MA, Wilt TJ. Ann Intern Med. 2006;144:116-126.
The investigators reviewed the literature on two types of antimicrobial urinary catheters and found that the evidence supports their ability to prevent infection.
Tools/Toolkit > Fact Sheet/FAQs
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2001. AHRQ Publication No. 01-0017.
A brief presentation of "pearls" to allow consumers to take an active role in preventing medical errors.
Tools/Toolkit > Fact Sheet/FAQs
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Revised December 2009. AHRQ Publication No. 10-M008.
This tip sheet provides 10 practical steps hospitals can undertake to improve patient safety, based on research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The tips can be grouped into three areas: 1) reducing health care-acquired infections and retained surgical instruments through use of specific clinical practices; 2) improving drug safety by ensuring access to accurate drug information; and 3) improving the culture of safety through appropriate staffing and work hours for nurses and residents. These tips are based on high-quality research studies documenting the effectiveness of these interventions at reducing errors and improving safety for a broad range of patients.
FDA preliminary public health notification: update of information about Ralstonia spp. associated with Vapotherm Respiratory Gas Administration device.
Schultz DG. Rockville, MD: Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration; December 20, 2005.
This safety alert for health care practitioners discusses bacterial contamination of gas devices and recommends alternatives be used until the source of the contamination is identified.
Legislation/Regulation > Federal Legislation
HR 2234, 109th Cong, 1st Sess (2005).
This bill, which garnered bipartisan support, proposes developing health information technology networks (known as "Regional Health Information Organizations," or RHIOs) with a strong focus on state- and community-based efforts. It is presently under consideration in the United States House of Representatives.
Journal Article > Study
Fridkin SK, Hageman JC, Morrison M, et al; Active Bacterial Core Surveillance Program of the Emerging Infections Program Network. N Engl J Med. 2005;352:1436-1444.
This surveillance project involving hospital- and populations-level data indicates that acquisition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection now occurs commonly in community settings.
Tools/Toolkit > Government Resource
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The hand hygiene guidelines represent part of a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strategy to promote patient safety by reducing infections in health care settings. The site includes fact sheets, a press kit, and other materials to help implement the guidelines.
Shojania KG, Duncan BW, McDonald KM, Wachter RM, eds. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2001. AHRQ Publication No. 01-E058.
Most evidence reports are placed on shelves and gather dust. This one, which reviewed the state of the evidence behind nearly 80 different safety practices (including computerized order entry, use of pharmacists on rounds, methods to prevent falls and nosocomial infections, and interventions to create a culture of safety), became quite influential, in part because it was the first effort to subject safety practices to the same scrutiny as other clinical practices in terms of their evidence of effectiveness. Nearly 100,000 copies of the report have been obtained from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and its now-famous list of the top 11 practices became the focus of many a new patient safety program at hospitals around the nation. The report served as one of the intellectual underpinnings of subsequent rankings of practices such as those by the National Quality Forum and the Leapfrog Group. It also engendered a spirited debate between those who advocated a practical approach to the adoption of safety practices and those promoting a more evidence-based approach. Readers are cautioned that evidence reports have limited shelf-lives, and it is worth reviewing recent literature before adopting even the most highly rated practices in this report.