Sandra Hyman

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BACKGROUND The use of electronic medical records to identify common health care-associated infections (HAIs), including pneumonia, surgical site infections, bloodstream infections, and urinary tract infections (UTIs), has been proposed to help perform HAI surveillance and guide infection prevention efforts. Increased attention on HAIs has led to public(More)
BACKGROUND Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections are becoming increasingly prevalent. There is geographic variation in their reported prevalence across the United States; however, studies reporting on CA-MRSA prevalence also demonstrate great variability in their case-finding methodology. We conducted a study(More)
Aging has important effects on the cardiovascular system; baroreceptor reflex function decreases and the elderly are more resistant to both beta-receptor agonists and antagonists. The purpose of the present clinical study was to determine the relationship between age and sensitivity to sodium nitroprusside in 16 patients during deliberate hypotensive(More)
BACKGROUND Surgical site infections (SSIs), the second most common healthcare-associated infections, increase hospital stay and healthcare costs significantly. Traditional surveillance of SSIs is labor-intensive. Mandatory reporting and new non-payment policies for some SSIs increase the need for efficient and standardized surveillance methods. Computer(More)
BACKGROUND Contact with health care workers may be an important means of infection transmission between patients, yet little is known about patterns of patient contact with staff and visitors in hospitals. In a cross-sectional study, the frequency, type, and duration of contacts made by health care workers, other hospital staff, and visitors to patients in(More)
Infection control in the healthcare setting is an essential component for patient safety and quality of care. To assist with daily infection control functions, we have implemented an alert in the Vigilens Health Monitor (a clinical decision support system at our institution) for real-time detection and notification of positive infection cases in both(More)