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  • Non-Compliance with Identifying Infection Risks Still an Issue in Ambulatory Care
    The Joint Commission says that ambulatory care facilities are still struggling with certain requirements relating to infection prevention and control. The Joint Commission collects data on organizations’ compliance with standards, National Patient Safety Goals, the ...More
    August 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • Potential HIV Drug Keeps Virus Out of Cells
    Following up a pioneering 2007 proof-of-concept study, a University of Utah biochemist and colleagues have developed a promising new anti-HIV drug candidate, PIE12-trimer, that prevents HIV from attacking human cells. Michael S. Kay, MD, PhD, associate professor of ...More
    August 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study to Examine New Treatment for West Nile Virus
    Neurological and infectious disease experts at Rush University Medical Center are testing a new drug therapy for the treatment of individuals with West Nile fever or suspected central nervous system infection due to the West Nile virus. Rush is the only site in the Midwest ...More
    August 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • LIJ Medical Center Eliminates Surgical ICU Central-Line Infections for One Year
    For one year and counting, Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center has achieved a zero central-line infection rate in its surgical intensive care unit (SICU), a significant accomplishment for hospitals. "This milestone for LIJ could only be made possible with enormous ...More
    August 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • MRSA Policies Differ Among Hospitals, Study Shows
    Hospitals vary in how they detect and treat drug-resistant staph infections, but most follow national guideline recommendations, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Researchers sent a 61-item questionnaire to pharmacy directors at 263 ...More
    August 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Rise in Pertussis Cases Makes It 'Worth a Shot'
    By Jacquelyn Preston and Karen Krakower Kaplan If you think you shouldn't be worried about your child's—or your—lingering, nagging cough, think again. Pertussis has reemerged on the scene. In what some public health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 50 years, ...More
    August 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Cause of Immune System Avoidance of Certain Pathogens
    A special set of sugars found on some disease-causing pathogens helps those pathogens fight the body's natural defenses as well as vaccines, say two Iowa State University researchers. This discovery may be a first step in understanding a disease family that includes ...More
    August 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Migration Through Glove Micro-Perforations
    Nils-Olaf Hübner, of the Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald, Germany, and colleagues sought to confirm recent results from a previous study focusing on the development of a method to measure the bacterial ...More
    August 17, 2010 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Use of Surgically Implanted Antibiotic Sponge Does Not Reduce Rate of Sternal Wound Infections
    Contradicting previous study results, insertion of a sponge that contains the antibiotic gentamicin at the time of surgical closure following cardiac surgery did not reduce the rate of sternal wound infections after three months, compared to patients who did not receive the ...More
    August 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Plan Now for CS Week 2010 to Celebrate Your CSSD
    The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) reminds sterile processing professionals and infection preventionists that Oct. 10-16, 2010, has been designated at National Healthcare CS & Sterile Processing Week, so mark your ...More
    August 17, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization