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- Nutrition plans for patients with swallowing disorders
Clinical staff must understand how to create a diet plan for a patient with a swallowing disorder such as dysphagia. Check out the different levels as defined by the National Dysphagia Diet Task Force and learn to care for patients who have special nutritional needs.
- New FDA task force supports antibacterial drug development
A new internal task force formed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will assist in supporting and guiding the development of new antibacterial drugs in order to combat antibiotic resistance, a vital public health goal and a priority for the agency.
- Three-step approach to slashing central line infections in pediatric cancer patients
According to a new Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study, hospitals can drastically decrease the number of life-threatening central line infections in children with cancer by adhering to basic precautions, encouraging families to speak up when they see noncompliance, and by accurate root cause analysis of every infection.
- Editor’s choice: HHS announces awards to prevent and respond to infectious diseases
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that nearly $50 million will be awarded to support epidemiology, laboratory, and health information systems in health departments across the country, including Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. This is the third year that the Affordable Care Act Prevention and Public Health Fund has made funding possible. In the press release, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius noted that the awards "support the critical work of public health departments to prevent, track, and respond to new and emerging infectious diseases."
- Ask the expert archive: Carpeting in lab blood draw rooms
Q: Are there any OSHA rules against carpeting in lab blood draw rooms?
- Another Exeter patient diagnosed with hepatitis C
The hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter (N.H.) hospital claimed another victim when officials from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services, confirmed that another former hospital patient has been diagnosed. The total number of infected patients has now reached 31, with the DHHS planning to test an additional 3,300 patients.