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  • Surgical Safety Checklist Drops Deaths and Complications by More than One-Third
    An international pilot study involving Toronto General Hospital (TGH), a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, and other hospitals from around the world, has found that using a Surgical Patient Safety Checklist significantly reduces surgical ...More
    January 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis C May Increase Pancreatic Cancer Risk
    A new study shows that infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) increases a person’s risk for a highly fatal cancer of the biliary tree, the bile carrying pathway between the liver and pancreas. This finding is in the January issue of Hepatology, a journal published by ...More
    January 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Workplace Benefits of Influenza Vaccination
    Workers age 50-64 who received influenza vaccine lost substantially fewer days of work and worked fewer days while ill, according to a new study in the Feb. 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. Given the concerns about antiviral drug resistance ...More
    January 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Another Elimination Guide from APIC
    On Dec. 8, APIC mailed out another elimination guide to members – Guide to Elimination of Mediastinitis Surgical Site Infections. My copy arrived during the holiday rush and I considered it to be APIC’s Christmas gift to me.  I finally got around to a ...More
    January 13, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • CDC Report Finds High Burden of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    Reported cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the United States exceeded 1.4 million in 2007, according to an annual report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These diseases continue to be the most commonly reported infectious diseases in the ...More
    January 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Glo Germ Company Debuts New Lice-Eradication Product
    Lice No More is an all natural product developed by the Glo Germ Company and is patent pending. The formulation has been used extensively to accurately validate claims.The Glo Germ Company is offering the kit free of charge until the end of February 2009.  It ...More
    January 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • BD Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance of Novel Molecular Assay to Diagnose C. diff Infections
    BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), announced today it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the BD GeneOhm™ C. diff molecular assay for the rapid detection of the Toxin B gene found in ...More
    January 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Fighting the Flu with Respiratory Hygiene Kits
    It’s always great to see the local media take interest in an infection prevention campaign at their community hospital. In this case, Connie Steed, director of infection prevention and control at the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, S.C., earned some ...More
    January 13, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Man and Microbes
    Stanford University microbiologist Stanley Falkow, who emphasizes that man is responsible for turning microbes into monsters, was profiled on USAToday.com. To read the article, CLICK HERE. ...More
    January 12, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Getting Less Sleep Associated With Lower Resistance to Colds
    Individuals who get less than seven hours of sleep per night appear about three times as likely to develop respiratory illness following exposure to a cold virus as those who sleep eight hours or more, according to a report in the Jan. 12 issue of Archives of Internal ...More
    January 12, 2009 Posted in News