• Meaningful Data Collection
    Question: As a critical access hospital with fewer than 25 beds and an average census of 10 patients per day, our numbers are obviously much smaller than most facilities. We are attempting to determine if our infection control data should be presented on the basis of 100 or ...More
    August 4, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research Publishes Study on Distinguishing Potential Hoax Materials from Bioterror Agents
    Researchers at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) NationalCenter for Toxicological Research (NCTR) are developing a quick, cost-effective way to screen for and identify bioterror agents and other substances used in hoax incidents. The testing method uses a technology ...More
    August 4, 2006 Posted in News
  • Lysol Launches Bleach-, Color- and Fragrance-Free Food Surface Sanitizer
    PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 76 million cases of foodborne diseases, commonly known as food poisoning, occur in the United States every year.(i) Eighty percent of Salmonella cases alone are acquired at ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • An Eye-Opening New Study of MRSA Sterile-Site Infections
    I want to direct your attention to an important article in the August issue of Critical Care Medicine, in which researchers conducted a three-year retrospective study of 549 Barnes-JewishHospital patients with MRSA sterile-site infection. Their goal was to determine the ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in Blog
  • Immediate, Aggressive Treatment Necessary to Fight MRSA
    DES PLAINES, Ill. -- Drug-resistant hospital-acquired infections often are treated initially with ineffective antibiotics, which increases the risk of death, according to an article in the August issue of Critical Care Medicine, the journal of the Society of Critical Care ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves Influenza Vaccines to be Manufactured for Upcoming Flu Season
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it has approved this year's seasonal influenza (flu) vaccines that include the new strains of virus judged likely to cause flu in the Northern Hemisphere in 2006-2007. "These approvals signal our commitment to ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • Education and Support Help Patients Follow Course of Treatment for HIV
    Practical advice and individualized attention can help people with HIV stick to a consistent drug regimen, according to a new review of studies. The studies were too different to combine results, but the review team found that the most successful programs emphasized ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • New Air Sterilization Device Can Battle Hospital Infections
    Jim Garvey (left) and John Lordi will use recent New York State funding to adapt this research prototype of the BioBlower device for healthcare applications. An innovative University at Buffalo air sterilization technology that the U.S. Department of Defense is funding to ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Studies Examine Disclosure of Medical Errors
    Disclosing medical errors made by physicians is extremely important yet often extremely difficult. Two University of Iowa studies examine why this is the case and how increased understanding might help patients, doctors and healthcare systems overall. One study involved a ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in News
  • Research Leads to First Treatment for Drug-Resistant HIV
    Purdue University professor Arun Ghosh. Photo provided by Purdue University. By Elizabeth K. Gardner Doctors have their first FDA-approved tool to treat drug-resistant HIV thanks to a new molecule created by a Purdue University researcher. "There are many treatments for ...More
    August 3, 2006 Posted in News