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New Guide to Infection Control in The Hospital – International Society for Infectious Diseases (free)

A free, online resource on the principles and interventions needed to reduce healthcare associated infections, with suggested control measures across different resource levels.


Patterns and Predictors of Short-Term Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter Use: A Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study – Journal of Hospital Medicine (free PDF)

Commentary: Short-term use of IV devices is common — and risky — study shows – University of Michigan, via ScienceDaily (free)

“Intravenous devices known as PICCs should be reserved for long-term use, but a new study shows 1 in 4 are used for 5 days or less” (from ScienceDaily)


Compassionate leadership has a pivotal role in tackling bullying in healthcare – The BMJ Opinion (free)

“Negative staff experiences are often a precursor for negative patient experiences”.


Nursing interventions for smoking cessation – Cochrane Library (free)

Summary: Does support and intervention from nurses help people to stop smoking? – Cochrane Library (free)

“There’s moderate quality evidence that behavioural support to motivate & sustain smoking cessation delivered by nurses can lead to a modest increase in the number of people who achieve prolonged abstinence” (via @CochraneUK see Tweet)


E-learning for health professionals – Cochrane Library (link to abstract – $ for full-text)


Supporting Patients Through Serious Illness and the End of Life: Sutter Health’s AIM Model – The Commonwealth Fund (free)

“By proactively managing care for the terminally ill, the Advanced Illness Management program has produced savings of $8,000–$9,000 per patient” (via @commonwealthfnd see Tweet)


Does support and intervention from nurses help people to stop smoking? – Cochrane Library (free)

“There is moderate quality evidence that behavioural support to motivate and sustain smoking cessation delivered by nurses can lead to a modest increase in the number of people who achieve prolonged abstinence”.


Skin-to-skin care: can it reduce procedural pain in neonates? – Evidently Cochrane Blog (free)

Original systematic review: Skin-to-skin care for procedural pain in neonates – Cochrane Library (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

“Skin-to-skin care probably is an effective intervention for pain during procedures for neonates”.


A systematic review to identify and assess the effectiveness of alternatives for people over the age of 65 who are at risk of potentially avoidable hospital admission – BMJ Open (free) (RT @NIHR_DC)

Alternatives to hospital admission for people aged over 65 years can be safe and reduce costs across a range of acute and chronic conditions.


Association of History of Dizziness and Long-term Adverse Outcomes With Early vs Later Orthostatic Hypotension Assessment Times in Middle-aged Adults – JAMA Internal Medicine (free)

Invited commentary: Early Orthostatic Hypotension and Orthostatic Intolerance—More Than an Observation or Annoyance (free)

Practice Changing – Orthostatic hypotension within 1 min of standing (rather than at 3 minutes) has greater relation to falls, fracture, syncope, motor vehicle crash, and mortality.


Effects of control interventions on Clostridium difficile infection in England: an observational study – The Lancet Infectious Diseases (free)

Invited Commentary: Fluoroquinolone restriction to control fluoroquinolone-resistant Clostridium difficile (free)

“Very important finding! Restricting fluoroquinolones more important than infection control measures to prevent CDI” (RT @sanjaysaint see Tweet)


Viewpoint: Contact Precautions for Endemic MRSA and VRE: Time to Retire Legal Mandates – JAMA (free)

“Contact precautions are easy to use w a single patient, but burdensome when applied to an entire hospital” (RT @JAMA_current see Tweet)

This viewpoint suggests a more selective use of contact precautions for the control of endemic pathogens.


Topical antimicrobial agents for treating foot ulcers in people with diabetes – Cochrane Library (link to summary – & for full-text)

“Topical antimicrobial dressing may increase foot ulcer healing in people with diabetes” (RT @CochraneUK see Tweet)


Benchmarking study helps hospitals improve measurement of adverse events – NIHR Signal (free)

Original report: Measuring harm and informing quality improvement in the Welsh NHS: the longitudinal Welsh national adverse events study – Health Services and Delivery Research (free PDF)

This study compared two different approaches to measure adverse events, the “Trigger Tool system” and the “Two-stage review”


Cardiopulmonary resuscitation – 30:2 or just keep going? – by Scott Munro, in Evidently Cochrane (free) (RT @NIHR_DC see Tweet)

“Untrained bystander CPR had better outcomes when given telephone advice from EMS services to perform continuous CPR, rather than interrupted CPR with rescue breaths”. For trained EMS professionals, “it is possible that there is little or no difference between the two approaches”.


Working with influenza-like illness: Presenteeism among US health care personnel during the 2014-2015 influenza season – American Journal of Infection Control (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Working while sick – ACP Internist (free) AND Health worker survey reveals many work during flu illness – CIDRAP (free)

Over 40% of surveyed health care personnel worked with self-reported influenza-like illness. “To reduce levels of health-worker–associated flu transmission, the researchers said that misconceptions about working while sick and sick leave policies both need to be addressed” (from CIDRAP)


Urinary catheter care: what does the evidence say? – Cochrane Library (free)

“How frequently should indwelling urinary catheters be changed? Are catheter washouts effective? Which type of catheter reduces rates of urinary tract infection?”. This post look at the evidence regarding urinary catheter care.


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