Researchers discuss a patient who became a Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) superspreader, igniting a multi-hospital outbreak.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) causes frequent hospital outbreaks in Saudi Arabia with emergency departments as the initial site of virus spread.
Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases present serious challenges for health care facilities.
Researchers identified gaps in the US healthcare system that make it inadequately prepared for the surge in pediatric patients that could result from an infectious disease pandemic.
The assessment found that optimizing doffing protocols to protect against all types of viruses may necessitate reinforcing careful handling of scrubs and good glove/hand hygiene with effective agents.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized a rule that finds that triclosan and 23 other active ingredients are not generally recognized as safe and effective for use in over-the-counter health care antiseptic products including health care personnel hand washes and rubs, surgical hand scrubs and rubs, and patient antiseptic skin preparations.
This guidance document provides healthcare epidemiologists working in acute-care hospitals with a high-level overview of incident management for infectious diseases outbreaks and to prepare them to work within an emergency response framework.
A new guidance document for hospitals to use in preparing for and containing outbreaks has been published by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), with the support of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Hospital laboratories in California are using outdated carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) detection practices, resulting in false reports of susceptibility that could impact patient care and hinder the detection of outbreaks.
When preparing for disasters, healthcare organizations need to consider supply chain integrity, information sharing, shelter-in-place plans, essential equipment, evacuation plans, and many other issues.