• Effective Infection Prevention Programs Include Proactive Measures
    Abstract The U.S. healthcare system is burdened with 3.2 billion dollars of added cost each year to battle multi-drug-resistant organisms (MDROs). The two primary organisms are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Are ICU Nurses’ Working Conditions Linked to an Increase in HAIs?
    I wanted to share with you a report from researchers at Columbia University School of Nursing that indicates that hospitals which provide their ICU nurses with better working conditions see a correlation to their healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) rate. We know that ...More
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  • Safety Syringes: Is Your Institution Stuck in the Stone Age?
    Early man fashioned sharp instruments from flint and stone. Today, these implements are obsolete. Is the same thing happening with safety syringes? Following passage of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, manufacturers responded with product modifications to meet ...More
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  • Not Too Cold, Not Too Hot
    Patients often become cold before, during, and after surgery and this can decrease the patient’s immunity and increase their risk of contracting a surgical site infection (SSI). Fortunately, several studies show that proper use of temperature management devices ...More
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  • Catheters and Infection Prevention
    In this issue we take a look at steps clinicians can take to control and prevent infections relating to both catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSIs) and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Fighting CR-BSIs Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSIs) occur when ...More
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  • Getting to the Point of Sharps Safety Best Practices
    Every year between 600,000 and 800,000 people are the victims of needlestick injuries in U.S. hospitals, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). These numbers are daunting, but the stories behind the numbers are far more troubling. ...More
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  • Do You Know Where Your Foley Is?
    During the fall of 2004, the Idaho infection control department at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (SARMC) in Boise, Idaho, began using a Web-based data-mining software system (MedMined). As a result of using MedMined, it was identified that SARMC’s Urine Nosocomial ...More
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  • TOC July 2007
    Getting to the Point of Sharps Safety Best Practices Facilities Embrace Sharps Safety Plans at Different Speeds and Success Rates By Michelle Beaver Safety Syringes: Is Your Institution Stuck in the Stone Age? By Barbara DeBaun, RN, MSN, CIC Catheters and Infection ...More
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  • Calendar
    JULY 2007 8-11Third International Congress of the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control: Infection Control in a Global Village Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia www.apic.org 16-18Public Health Congress Mandarin.Oriental, Washington, D.C.http://www.worldcongress.com/events/NW701/ ...More
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