• Taming the Anthrax Threat
    Shown here is a Bacillus anthracis spore, the bacterium that causes anthrax, magnified 92,000 times. Photo: University of Michigan/Journal of Bacteriology In the American government’s biodefense efforts, the potential for terrorists to cause a deadly anthrax outbreak ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Deciding if New HPV and Herpes Zoster Vaccines are Right for Patients
    For more than 200 years, vaccines have played an important role in the prevention of infectious diseases. In the United States, measles, mumps and rubella are now rare diseases thanks to vaccines. Now, two vaccines recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Celebrating and Saluting ICPs
    Jeanne Pfeiffer, a former president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) once wrote an excellent article defining the role and the future of infection control practitioners. She is quite right when she noted, “ICPs are at a ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • The ‘Unique’ Autoclave Load: Sterilizing Liquid Media
    When it comes to the steam sterilization of liquid media, there are a number of user concerns that are handled in various ways. Monitoring these cycles with biological indicators (BIs) and the various restrictions and cycle modifications that are done can lead to a false ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • News
    New MRSA Study Reveals Infection Rates are Eight Times Greater Than Previous Estimates The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has released initial results from a nationwide study of 1,237 U.S. healthcare facilities, examining the ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
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  • Public Reporting of HAIs: Where Do We Stand Now?
    When a patient at a healthcare facility gets an infection, staff members are expected to immediately mobilize resources to stop it. But not all healthcare organizations are on the same page when it comes to addressing the problem of how many such infections occur in the ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Calendar
    AUGUST 2007 20-21Joint Commission Annual Infection Control Conference Drake Hotel, Chicago www.jcrinc.com/24371 SEPTEMBER 2007 9-15National Healthcare Environmental Services & Housekeeping Week www.ashes.org 15-18American Society for Healthcare Central Service ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Surface Sanitation in Healthcare: Why Your Disinfection System May Be Letting You Down
    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one out of every 136 hospital patients in the United States becomes seriously ill as a result of acquiring an infection in a hospital. This is equivalent to 2 million cases and about 80,000 deaths a year. In a recent study ...More
  • How to Prevent Cross-Contamination
    As hospitals continue to increase investments in technology, they expand the amount of equipment they need, which raises the possibility of cross-contamination. Studies show that hospital keyboards in particular are infectious hazard points that are difficult to disinfect. ...More