An evaluation of hand hygiene in an intensive care unit: are visitors a potential vector for pathogens?
Birnbach DJ, Rosen LF, Fitzpatrick M, Arheart KL, Munoz-Price LS. J Infect Public Health. 2015 Jun 6; [Epub ahead of print].
Major efforts have focused on improving hospital employee hand hygiene as a way to decrease the spread of disease to hospitalized patients. This observational study found more than 60% of visitors to an intensive care unit did not disinfect their hands prior to entering a patient's room, with some carrying bacteria that could be dangerous for critically ill patients.
Using evidence, rigorous measurement, and collaboration to eliminate central catheter-associated bloodstream infections.
Sawyer M, Weeks K, Goeschel CA, et al. Crit Care Med. 2010;38(suppl 8):S292-S298.
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Infection Control in the Intensive Care Unit.
Crit Care Med. 2010;38:S265-S404.
Reducing catheter-associated bloodstream infections in the pediatric intensive care unit: business case for quality improvement.
Nowak JE, Brilli RJ, Lake MR, et al. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2010;11:579-587.
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Quality of traditional surveillance for public reporting of nosocomial bloodstream infection rates.
Lin MY, Hota B, Khan YM, et al; CDC Prevention Epicenter Program. JAMA. 2010;304:2035-2041.
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