Staff shortages and hospital overcrowding have contributed to an apparent increase in sepsis death by more than a third in two years, according to a UK safety expert.
A multidrug-resistant bacterial species that can cause infections in hospitals is becoming increasingly tolerant to the alcohols used in handwash disinfectants, according to Australian researchers.
Patients who have a record of a penicillin allergy are at an increased risk of developing the drug resistant infection MRSA and healthcare-associated infection C difficile, according to researchers.
A new test can identify intensive care patients at highest risk of potentially life-threatening secondary infections, including from antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA and C difficile, according to UK researchers.
Nurses have been “overlooked and under-utilised” in hospital antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASPs), according to US researchers.
Inappropriate use of gloves increases nurses’ risk of nasty skin complaints and may even exacerbate staffing shortages, says new in-depth guidance launched by the Royal College of Nursing.
An infection prevention specialist nurse from Yorkshire has been given a national award for her work to encourage influenza vaccination among her trust’s staff ahead of last winter.
Regular “leadership rounds” where senior hospital managers meet frontline nursing staff to discuss infection control, can help improve practice and boost patient safety, according to a new US study.
A surgical suture and a device for securing peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) are to be fast-tracked for use across the NHS in England, because of their potential to reduce infection risk.
A new wound care device, that harnesses the properties of nitric oxide, can heal diabetic foot ulcers faster and more effectively than current standard care, according to those behind the technology.