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  • CDC Estimates 94,000 Invasive Drug-Resistant Staph Infections Occurred in the U.S. in 2005
    Methicillin-resistant staph aureus (MRSA) caused more than 94,000 life-threatening infections and nearly 19,000 deaths in the United States in 2005, most of them associated with health care settings, according to the most thorough study of life-threatening infections caused ...More
    October 16, 2007 Posted in News
  • Oral Antibiotics Effective to Treat Severe Urinary Tract Infections
    Although doctors routinely use IV antibiotics to cure patients with severe urinary tract infections (UTI), a new review from suggests that oral antibiotics work just as well — from treating acute symptoms to preventing long-term complications of UTI. In light of this ...More
    October 16, 2007 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves DORIBAX™ for the Treatment of Complicated Intra-Abdominal and Complicated Urinary Tract Infections
    RARITAN, N.J. -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved DORIBAXTM (doripenem for injection) as a new treatment for complicated intra-abdominal and complicated urinary tract infections, including pyelonephritis. DORIBAX has demonstrated activity against a ...More
    October 15, 2007 Posted in News
  • Consumers Union Urges Hospitals to Disclose Handwashing Compliance Rates
    AUSTIN, Texas -- As Infection Prevention Week (October 14-20) begins across the country, Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, is calling on hospitals nationwide to disclose their handwashing compliance rates. The Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    October 15, 2007 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • ASHES Elects 2008 President
    CHICAGO -- The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) board of directors announces its selection of Tina Cermignano, CHESP, as society president for 2008. Cermignano is the operations manager for quality at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). ...More
    October 11, 2007 Posted in News
  • Hill-Rom Introduces New Wound Therapy Surface
    BATESVILLE, Ind. – Hillenbrand Industries, Inc. announces its Hill-Rom subsidiary has introduced a revolutionary new hospital bed surface that can enhance care for patients with pressure ulcers. The Hill-Rom(R) E700 Wound Surface (a low air loss therapy surface) also offers ...More
    October 11, 2007 Posted in News
  • AORN's Sterilization Practices are Up for Review
    AORN’s Recommended Practices for Sterilization in the Perioperative Practice Setting are currently up for review. Comments will be accepted through Oct. 24, 2007 and the online comment form can be accessed HERE. The proposed statement can be accessed HERE. ...More
    October 10, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Welcome!
    Welcome to the refreshed ICT website! Our editors and web guys have spent a lot of time working on this "new" site to give a clean, easy to maneuver site. It is important for us to know, like the print publication, that we are delivering the right information to you, and in ...More
    October 10, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Ideas for Infection Prevention Week
    I know you are gearing up for Infection Prevention Week, Oct. 14-20, so I’d like to share with readers the various ways ICPs are raising awareness at their facilities. Carol Steinbock, MT (AMT-HEW), the laboratory manager and ICP at Mercy Health Love County Hospital, ...More
    October 9, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • An AIDS-Related Virus Reveals More Ways to Cause Cancer
    Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have shed new light on how Kaposi’s Sarcoma-associated Herpes Virus (KSHV) subverts normal cell machinery to cause cancer. A KSHV protein called latency-associated nuclear antigen, LANA for short, helps the ...More
    October 8, 2007 Posted in News