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  • PPE Use, Absenteeism Escalates in a Pandemic, Study Says
    Canadian researchers advise hospitals to stock up on critical pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and respirators in anticipation of a potential pandemic. In advance of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, they point to the variation in what was known ...More
    August 31, 2010 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Switching to Second-Line Drugs to Curb Resistance
    Using mathematical deterministic models of the epidemiology of hospital-acquired infections and antibiotic resistance, it has been shown that the rates of hospital-acquired bacterial infection and frequency of antibiotic infections can be reduced by restricting the ...More
    August 31, 2010 Posted in News
  • Observing Standard Precautions Can Help Prevent Outbreaks
    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a leading cause of liver chronic diseases all over the world; in developed countries the highest prevalence of infection is reported among intravenous drug users and hemodialysis patients. Lanini, et al. (2010) sought to identify the pathway of ...More
    August 31, 2010 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • SHEA, IDSA Call for Mandatory Vaccination of Healthcare Workers
    Influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel is a professional and ethical responsibility and non-compliance with healthcare facility policies regarding vaccination should not be tolerated, according to a position paper released today by the Society for Healthcare ...More
    August 31, 2010 Posted in News
  • Treatment for S. aureus Skin Infection Works in Mouse Model
    Scientists from the National Institutes of Health and University of Chicago have found a promising treatment method that in laboratory mice reduces the severity of skin and soft-tissue damage caused by USA300, the leading cause of community-associated Staphylococcus aureus ...More
    August 31, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Exploring 'Fusion Strategy' Against E. coli
    South Dakota State University research is exploring a "fusion strategy" for making improved vaccines to protect pigs and humans against some strains of E. coli. The SDSU researchers altered the toxins produced by a form of E. coli and genetically fused the non-poisonous ...More
    August 31, 2010 Posted in News
  • BARDA Funds Drug Development for Biothreats, Antibiotic Resistance
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)'Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has awarded a contract to develop an antibiotic that could be used against possible two types of bioterrorism as well as common infections that are becoming ...More
    August 31, 2010 Posted in News
  • Tissue Regeneration Technologies Awarded New Patent for Biofilm Elimination
    Tissue Regeneration Technologies, LLC (TRT), a Woodstock, Ga.-based medical technology company, recently received the rights to a new patent for its SoftWave™ technology portfolio. The patent, a method of preventing and eliminating biofilms (U.S. Patent No. 7,497,834), ...More
    August 31, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Important Mechanism in Fighting Infection
    Richard Lamb and his post doctoral fellow Virginie Mieulet, in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, may be able to explain why proper nutrition is so vital in fighting infection. They have discovered an amino acid, called arginine, is ...More
    August 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Warns Against Bloodborne Infection Risk From Shared Use of Fingerstick Devices
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it has become increasingly concerned about the risks for transmitting hepatitis B virus (HBV) and other bloodborne pathogens to persons undergoing fingerstick procedures for blood sampling -- for instance, persons ...More
    August 30, 2010 Posted in News