This study reports estimates of the healthcare costs, length of stay, and mortality associated with infections due to multidrug-resistant bacteria among elderly individuals in the United States.
Preliminary data for the last quarter of 2020 revealed a jump of 34% in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) compared with the same quarter in 2019. Several states had much higher increases. In Arizona, for instance, rates leapt 80%; in New Jersey, that figure was 99%.
The study assessed the prevalence of C auris and infection control practices at 14 ventilator-capable skilled-nursing facilities and three long-term acute care hospitals in southern California.
This study demonstrated a marked decrease in respiratory virus detections, with a concomitant 79% decline in ambulatory antibiotic prescribing rates for RTI, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A study found similar rates of acute respiratory illness-related visits across race/ethnicity when all healthcare settings were combined, but ARI visits differed for race/ethnicity groups across ambulatory, emergency, and hospital settings.
The COVID-19 pandemic led people to take hygiene and sanitation more seriously, causing a decrease in C difficile infections.
Vaccines that boost immunity against bacteria can protect the immunized from contracting drug-resistant infections, according to a team of scientists in the U.K. who also underscore that the shots can slow the spread of resistant strains in populations.
In this study, the team of professor Penadés found a new mechanism that activates and transmits genetic material between the pathogenicity islands found in the chromosomes of bacteria and super bacteria, to award them greater virulence and resistance. This new evolutive mechanism has been identified in the Staphylococcus aureus genus, which is of critical priority for the WHO due to its multi-resistance to antibiotics and its ability to cause severe infections.
Updated guidelines from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) now offer new evidence to help interdisciplinary teams make decisions and standardize preoperative skin antisepsis protocols.
Nosocomial SARS-CoV-2 infections have severely affected bed capacity and patient flow. We utilized whole genome sequencing (WGS) to identify outbreaks and focus infection control resources and intervention during the UK's second pandemic wave in late 2020.