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New Research Shows Potential to Prevent Medical Device-Related Infections

by Knobbe Martens on

A research team from Trinity College Dublin has recently discovered a way to reduce the incidence of medical device-associated infection resulting from biofilms. The term “biofilms” refers to organized colonies of bacteria...more

CMS Issues Final Rule on New Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule, 42 C.F.R. pt. 484, implementing significant changes to the conditions of participation (CoPs) that home health agencies (HHAs) must satisfy to...more

Bacteria Found in Cardiac Patients Linked to Heater-Cooler Machine

Heater-Cooler Machine Spreads Germs in Sterile Areas - The medical device sounds well-intended enough: a heater-cooler machine used during heart surgery to control a patient’s body temperature. Doctors employ them in the...more

CMS Issues Sweeping Final Rule, Significantly Changing the Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Participating in the...

by Reed Smith on

On September 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule comprehensively updating and extensively revising the requirements for participation (ROPs) for long-term care (LTC) facilities...more

Dirty Instruments Pose Threat to Outpatients, Too

Earlier this year, both patients and providers were shocked when a rash of hospital patients got seriously ill or died after medical devices used to examine their gastrointestinal tracts infected them because they were not...more

Olympus Sued Over “Superbug” Infections

by Knobbe Martens on

The New York Times recently reported that 179 patients at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center were exposed to a potentially deadly “superbug” between October of 2014 and January of 2015. As of February 18, the infection of...more

Fighting The Flu - Don't Forget To Wash Your Hands!

by Fisher Phillips on

You can’t open the newspaper, turn on the television, or visit a website without seeing some alarming statistic about the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu is already “widespread”...more

Infectious? Please, Just Go Home!

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The world can be a scary place. There are risks that you can control, like whether or not you take up bungee jumping or alligator wrestling, and risks you can’t control, such as whether or not someone runs a red light or if...more

Washing hands still a challenge in U.S. hospitals

by Howard Ankin on

Healthcare associated infections are a prominent problem in Chicago hospitals. These infections, which patients usually acquire while being treated at a hospital for an unrelated condition, can have truly devastating...more

Are Health Insurance Premiums Affected by Healthcare-Associated Infections?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

According to a recent report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 25 hospital patients have at least one Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI). In 2011, an estimated 722,000 patients...more

Also in the News - March 3, 2014

by King & Spalding on

HHS Requests Comments on New Targets for 2020 HAI Action Plan – On February 25, 2014, HHS requested public comment on new 2020 targets for the Health Care-Associated Infection (HAI) Action Plan after the expiration of the...more

How to Avoid Hospital-Acquired Infections

Hospitals pride themselves on their cleanliness and sterile procedures. But as a recent article from Huffington Post discussed, one in 20 patients contracts an infection while they are in the hospital, and almost 100,000...more

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