Controversies in Hospital Infection Prevention
Wherein we ponder vexing issues in infection prevention and control, inside and outside the hospital.
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Wanted to give you all a quick update as we edge ever closer to SHEA 2015 in Orlando. As many of you know, SHEA 2015 has a new format - closer to 2011 and earlier SHEA meetings. Specifically, we will have HAI-focused scientific abstracts - both posters and podium presentations. This year, we accepted ~250 top-notch abstracts and 41 will be delivered as podium presentations. Very exciting!Data:1) Registration has already exceeded 2014 - register now to get the best (closest) hotel rooms2) […]
The duodenoscope implicated now in several deadly outbreaks of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is an otherwise terrific device for management of biliary or pancreatic duct disorders. Unfortunately, the same features that allow the scope to guide fine instruments into miniscule spaces also provide sanctuary for bacterial pathogens, protecting them from all standard approaches to disinfection. To quote yesterday’s FDA safety communication: “…reports […]
You've seen the numbers. The CDC estimates that 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic resistant pathogens annually and as many as 14,000 of these deaths are linked to C. difficile. Every time I look at those numbers, they make me incredibly sad. First, they include all C. difficile deaths and not just those attributed to fluoroquinolone-resistant C. difficile, for example. This tends to incorrectly overweight the importance of C. difficile relative to other pathogens. Second, and you've […]
No introduction needed apart from John Oliver - Marketing to Doctors. If you'd like to search for a specific physician or hospital, the CMS Open Payments site is now online. If you're interested in viewing the COI policy that covers "your bloggers", you can see it here.
The rise of predatory open-access publishing is well documented. These charlatans will take your money and publish literally anything you submit (most famous example here). Today I learned of a relatively new form of predatory publishing, the wholesale hijacking of a journal’s identity. See below for the text of an email soliciting articles for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology (JCM)—except the sender has no affiliation with JCM, the website is not the JCM website, etc. […]
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