Anderson Cancer Center presented his findings at the 18th annualÂ scientific conferenceÂ of the Society for Healthcare Epidemology of America. This could be a significant step in preventing catheter-related infections, which are responsible for 250 deaths each day in the United States. It is also good news for Cook Medical, which makes catheters coated with the antibiotics studied. Dr. Raad is the co-inventor of that pairing, and receives royalties from Cook. In other infection-control news, a study showed thatÂ for three kinds of surgery,Â laparoscopicÂ procedures reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections by 52%, and of readmission by 65%, as compared to open surgery. The study, conducted by Ethicon Endo-Surgery and presented at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons annual meeting, looked at hysterectomies, appendectomies, and gallbladder removals. It is the first study to look infections related to these procedures up to 30 days after discharge. It points to the benefits minimally invasive surgery can have in terms of patient care and keeping healthcare costs down.