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Functional impairment in middle age is associated with an increased risk for hospitalization and nursing home admission

Functional Impairment in Middle Age Linked to Adverse Outcomes

Impairment in activities of daily living linked to increased risk for hospitalization, nursing home admission
Hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries with vision loss experience longer mean length of stay

Older Patients With Vision Loss Have Higher Hospital Use, Costs

Similar findings seen among patients with commercial insurance
Improper removal of personal protective equipment contaminates health care workers interacting with patients who are on contact precautions for multidrug-resistant organisms

Many ICU Workers Contaminated With Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Improper removal of protective equipment tied to higher risk for drug-resistant organism contamination
Previous antibiotic exposure and use of proton pump inhibitors may be risk factors for Clostridioides (formerly Clostridium) difficile infection in hospitalized pediatric patients

Antibiotics, PPIs Tied to Higher C. Diff Risk in Hospitalized Children

Previous antibiotic exposure significant risk factor in combined studies but not in adjusted studies
Daily bathing with chlorhexidine plus nasal mupirocin in carriers for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus does not cut rates of hospital-acquired bacterial infections overall in non-critical care units

Active Bathing in Non-ICU Setting Does Not Cut Infections

No change seen in risk for hospital-acquired infections overall; benefit seen for those with medical devices
Communication between hospitals and home health care is suboptimal

Home Health Clinicians Frequently Lack Access to Hospital Records

Additionally, patients often not prepared with realistic expectations to receive home health care
An environmental intervention of probiotic sanitation can effectively alter hospital microbiota

Probiotic Sanitation Cuts Antimicrobial Resistance in Hospitals

Impact seen in lower use of antibiotics, costs tied to health care-associated infections
Use of electronic order sets is a safe and effective way to enhance appropriate electrocardiographic monitoring of hospitalized patients

Electronic Order Set May Reduce Inappropriate ECG Monitoring

Findings observed among hospitalized patients not in an intensive care unit
Staphylococcus aureus infections are still a concern in the United States

Hospital-Onset MRSA Decreased From 2002 to 2015

S. aureus infections also dropped overall at VA medical centers after MRSA prevention program initiation
An iterative

Multidimensional Approach Cuts Unneeded Drug-Drug Interaction Alerts

Number of interruptive DDI alerts substantially decreased as result of alert refinement efforts