This is an abbreviated version of CDDEP's weekly digest of public health news, focusing on antibiotic resistance research in the United States.
Despite CDC recommendations that all health workers get an annual flu vaccine, it’s estimated that just under 64% did so in 2010-11. The National Vaccine Advisory Committee, which advises HHS’s National Vaccine Program, is urging hospitals to make flu vaccines a mandatory condition of employment. New research in BMC Infectious Diseases adds evidence to the argument that vaccinating health workers could help protect against HAIs in acute care facilities.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that rates of central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs), reported through NHSN, are now available on HHS’s Hospital Compare website. CDC explains the significance of the data on Safe Healthcare, and NPR breaks it down, finding a wide variation in CLABSI rates across the country. Controversies in Hospital Infection Prevention also asks, with these rates linked to hospital reimbursement, how much incentive is there to cheat?
Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) offer a reminder that we need new antibiotics to treat resistant infections, and argue that the recently introduced GAIN Act could incentivize the development of these important drugs.
FDA is alerting doctors to a correlation between use of heartburn drugs and C. difficile infections.
Drug-resistant gonorrhea is back in the news, this time in the form of a warning about dwindling treatment options in the New England Journal of Medicine (subscription required).
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