Tag Archives: Infectious Diseases & Preventive Medicine

Influenza vaccine for patients

  By Mark Ingerman, MD, Medical Director Infection Prevention & Control Patients began to be screened to receive the influenza vaccine on September 16, 2017.  At the acute care hospitals, this is a nurse-driven process for the usual dose for … Continue reading

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STEEEP Huddle: S for SAFE – Hand Hygiene

 This week’s STEEEP Huddle , submitted by Eileen Sherman, director, Infection Prevention, discusses how compliance with MLH’s Hand Hygiene policy will provide a safer, healthier environment for patients and staff. Commit to safe care by performing hand hygiene when appropriate and … Continue reading

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Pneumonia Vaccine Screening– Patients Age 65+

By Mark Ingerman, MD, Infectious Diseases and Preventive Medicine A 2004 Pennsylvania State law, which is still in effect, requires that hospitals screen patients age 65 and older for pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination.  If the patient is not hospitalized for pneumococcal … Continue reading

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Influenza update

  By Mark J. Ingerman, MD, FACP, Chief, Infectious Diseases and Chief, Infection Prevention and Control     Influenza activity has been at elevated levels in the U.S. for eight weeks this season and continues to increase in some areas. … Continue reading

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It’s flu season: Use standard precautions for all patients

  By Mark J. Ingerman, MD, FACP, Chief, Infectious Diseases and Chief, Infection Prevention and Control   Per the Centers for Disease Control, Influenza is on the rise nationally. Our local community and the patients we serve are also experiencing … Continue reading

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Rapid identification of blood cultures

  By Mark J. Ingerman, M.D., FACP, Chief, Infectious Diseases and Chief, Infection Prevention and Control   New molecular diagnostic techniques are now available for rapid identification of bacterial and viral pathogens. MLHS Clinical labs have already instituted the rapid … Continue reading

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Deadline is Monday, Dec. 5, to comply with MLH flu vaccination policy

  Submitted by Andy Norton, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer   The deadline for complying with Main Line Health’s 2016-2017 mandatory flu vaccination program is Monday, December 5, 2016, for employees, physicians, specified healthcare professionals and volunteers.  Current … Continue reading

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2 weeks left: MLH flu vaccination program – 2016-2017

  Submitted by Andy Norton, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer   Main Line Health’s 2016-2017 mandatory flu vaccination program is underway for employees, physicians, specified healthcare professionals and volunteers.  Current compliance rate among non-employed physicians is 78%.   … Continue reading

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Pertussis update

  By Mark J. Ingerman, M.D., FACP, Chief, Infectious Diseases and Chief, Infection Prevention and Control   This is an addendum to the Chester County Department of Health alert published in the MLH Clinician last week. The Chester County Department … Continue reading

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Coming week: MLH flu vaccination program – 2016-2017

  Submitted by Andy Norton, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer   Main Line Health’s 2016-2017 mandatory flu vaccination program is underway for employees, physicians, specified healthcare professionals and volunteers.  Current compliance rate among non-employed physicians is 33.5%.   … Continue reading

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