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Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) 19th Annual Scientific Meeting

March 19 - 22, 2009; San Diego, California

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Conference News

  • SHEA 2009: Inappropriate Catheterization Is Common

    Despite its convenience, urinary catheterization should not be used as a remedy for incontinence in hospitalized patients because it is significantly associated with urinary complaints and increased hospital length of stay.
    Medscape Medical News, March 24, 2009
  • SHEA 2009: Patient Sharing Among Hospitals Common, Likely Source of Infectious Pathogens

    The high rate of patient sharing among hospitals found in this study might increase the spread and transmission of infectious pathogens, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant enterococci.
    Medscape Medical News, March 24, 2009
  • Cleaning Beyond Guidelines Reduces MRSA

    An environmental cleaning effort that exceeds national guidelines might be necessary to reduce the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other antibiotic-resistant organisms in hospital intensive-care units.
    Medscape Medical News, March 23, 2009
  • SHEA 2009: Common Hand-Hygiene Products Ineffective at Killing Clostridium difficile

    Treating physicians and other healthcare workers should not rely on claims that antimicrobial products can rid their hands of the spore-forming bacterium C. difficile and should always wear gloves when caring for an infected patient.
    Medscape Medical News, March 23, 2009
  • New Hand-Hygiene-Compliance Monitor

    The method is practical, inexpensive, and can be quickly implemented.
    Medscape Medical News, March 20, 2009
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