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  • Hospital Uniforms: A Dangerous Fashion Statement
    Some hospitals are prohibiting their staff from wearing scrubs and other hospital apparel outside the building.  This sensible change is partly in response to the rapid increase of  C. diff. A national hospital survey released Nov. 11 warns that C. diff infections ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Develop New Technique to Tap Full Potential of Antibody Libraries
    In hopes of more fully tapping the libraries' potential, a group of Scripps Research Institute scientists, led by Scripps Research president Richard A. Lerner, MD, has for the first time developed a new screening technique that enables antibody screening against equally ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • E. coli Persists Against Antibiotics Through HipA-Induced Dormancy
    Bacteria hunker down and survive antibiotic attack when a protein flips a chemical switch that throws them into a dormant state until treatment abates, researchers at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center report in the Jan.16 edition of Science."For ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Ohio Business and Healthcare Leaders Partner to Improve Patient Safety
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time in Ohio’s history, business leaders and healthcare providers are teaming up in a statewide effort to make Ohio the safest place in the nation for healthcare. The Cardinal Health Foundation, the Ohio Business Roundtable, the ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • EPA Accepts New Claims for a PDI Germicidal Wipe
    Professional Disposables International, Inc. (PDI), a leading manufacturer of pre-moistened wipes for healthcare, recently received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acceptance to include three additional microorganisms to Super Sani-Cloth® Germicidal Disposable ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Finding the Right Antibacterial Skin Cleanser
    Kathy asks, "Any suggestions for a product I can use on an elderly man whose skin is apparently colonized with MRSA? Any time he has a razor nick, ingrown hair, etc. it becomes a MRSA infection, sensitive to Bactrim. He is very hirsute, other wise skin is intact. Could I ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Report Says U.S. Not Ready for Pandemic Flu
    Today, Committee on Homeland Security chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and former Subcommittee Chairman for Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology, James R. Langevin (D-RI), released a Majority staff report, "Getting Beyond Getting Ready for Pandemic ...More
    January 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • 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