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  • Following Disinfection and Sterilization Recommendations Requires Collaboration
    The 2008 “Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities,” authored by William Rutala, PhD, MPH, David Weber, MD, MPH, and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), was finally issued in November following a ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • C. diff Prevalence and Prevention
    Infection preventionists received confirmation late last year of one of their concerns – that the incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) was increasing in U.S. hospitals. A large-scale national prevalence study conducted by the Association for ...More
  • Oral Care: Vital to VAP Prevention
    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the second-most common healthcare infection. As defined by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), VAP is an airway infection that must develop more than 48 hours after the patient was intubated. The definition of VAP is ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • How to Evaluate Respirators
    ICT introduces a new, regular column in which members of industry suggest strategies for the evaluation and purchasing of infection prevention and control products. This month we take a look at respirators. Participants: — Grant Rowe, product manager for respiratory ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • AICE® Continuum Simplifies HAI Data Reporting to NHSN
    Healthcare facilities in more than 20 states are now required to report healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). To meet this mandate, infection preventionists (IPs) need more efficient ways to collect, analyze and report ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Brain Structure Assists in Immune Response
    For the first time, a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have imaged in real time the body’s immune response to a parasitic infection in the brain. The complete findings, published in the current issue of the journal ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Running Out of Options to Fight Superbugs
    People are dying from "superbugs" because our antibiotic arsenal has run dry, leaving the world without sufficient weapons to fight ever-changing bacteria, warn infectious disease researchers at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.In a Jan. 29 perspective in ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Discovery Could Lead to a New Animal Model for Hepatitis C
    During its career, the potentially fatal hepatitis C virus has banked its success on a rather unusual strategy: its limitations. Its inability to infect animals other than humans and chimpanzees has severely hampered scientists in developing a useful small animal model for ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Make Malaria Parasite Work to Reveal its Own Vulnerabilities
    Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis stepped aside and let Plasmodium falciparum, one of the deadliest strains of malaria, do a significant portion of the genetic engineering work in their new study. With that help, they could unambiguously ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Patients' Bath Basins Increase Risk for HAIs
    Patients across the country may be opening themselves up to infection as a result of bathing practices applied in hospitals. According to a study published in the January 2009 American Journal of Critical Care, bath basins are a significant source for the transmission of ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News