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  • Blue Light Destroys Two MRSA Strains
    Two common strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) were virtually eradicated in the laboratory by exposing them to a wavelength of blue light, in a process called photo-irradiation that is described in a paper published online ahead of print in ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Have We Progressed in Patient Safety?
    In mid-December, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two reports on hospital adverse events and state reporting systems that endeavored to explore the critical factors involved. Just a week later, ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Making Sense of Evidence-Based Practices
    If ever there was a buzzword in healthcare currently, it might just be “evidence-based practices.” But does the average healthcare worker understand the term’s purpose and significance? Ward (2000) notes, “Evidence-based practice is seen as a way of ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Is the New SHEA-IDSA Practice Recommendation Related to Positive-Pressure Mechanical Valves Overly Broad and Under-Inclusive?
    My hospital went through a three-year search to find a needleless access connector that performed according to our expectations. Our goal was to find a device that helped prevent occlusions. Our facility had a high rate of occlusions, so our main goal was to reduce ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers
    Healthcare workers (HCWs) being vaccinated against influenza is an important general infection control practice. It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that all HCWs be vaccinated against influenza annually.1-3 According to the CDC, in the ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • 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