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  1. Intractable C. Difficile Infection Linked to Multiple Care Settings
    A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that more people than previously estimated are being sickened inside and outside of hospitals by the deadly C. Diff infection to the tune of $4.8 billion in added healthcare costs.
  2. After Deadly Infections, F.D.A. Asks Device Makers About Cleaning Methods
    Learn more about the Food and Drug Administration’s race to develop new cleaning protocols, including gas sterilization, for tough-to-clean duodenoscopes following the recent discovery of multiple carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE infections in seven California patients
  3. Fancy Flourishes At Hospitals Don’t Impress Patients, Study Finds
    While patients certainly appreciate amenities like fine art and free wi-fi, new research indicates that bells and whistles don’t translate into better patient reviews. Access a new study, led by Johns Hopkins internist, Dr. Zishan Siddiqui, which indicates that in a state-of-the-art facility, patient satisfaction scores for cleanliness, comfort and decor may soar while the patients’ impressions of actual care received in the facility remain unchanged.
  4. Dr. Atul Gawande: Tech is Not No. 1 Driver of Change in Healthcare
    Direct your attention straight to paragraph #6 to discover exactly which aspect of technology Dr. Gawande does see as key in the movement to improve care.