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  • Sanitizer Automates Disinfection of Hard-to-Clean Hospital Equipment
    At right: The SUDS sanitizer.Johns Hopkins experts in applied physics, computer engineering, infectious diseases, emergency medicine, microbiology, pathology and surgery have unveiled a 7-foot-tall, $10,000 shower-cubicle-shaped device that automatically sanitizes in 30 ...More
    July 31, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization, Hand Hygiene
  • Hepatitis C Virus Carriers Experience Substantial Increase in Mortality
    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a bloodborne disease that causes inflammation of the liver and to which there is currently no vaccine available. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 3 percent of the world’s population, approximately 170 million people, are ...More
    July 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Higher Drug Doses Needed to Defeat Tuberculosis
    The typical dose of a medication considered pivotal in treating tuberculosis effectively is much too low to account for modern-day physiques, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers say. The finding, reported online and in the August edition of Antimicrobial Agents and ...More
    July 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study Virulence of H1N1 Virus
    Laboratory studies at Kansas State University and the work of a K-State researcher are making headway in the effort to control the pandemic H1N1 infuenza virus. Juergen Richt is a Regents Distinguished Professor at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine and is a Kansas ...More
    July 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Zinc Research Suggests Novel Therapeutic Targets
    Everyone knows that vitamins "from A to zinc" are important for good health. Now, a new research study in the August 2009 print issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that zinc may be pointing the way to new therapeutic targets for fighting infections. ...More
    July 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC Promotes Safe Injection Practices to Prevent Bloodborne Infections
    In response to continued reports of infection control flaws in outpatient healthcare clinics that have put thousands of patients at risk for serious infections, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced its strong support ...More
    July 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • CDC Advisors Make Recommendations for Use of Vaccine Against Novel H1N1
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met today to make recommendations for use of vaccine against novel influenza A (H1N1).  The committee met to develop recommendations on who should receive vaccine ...More
    July 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC Reports HICPAC ‘s Adoption of H1N1 Recommendations
    APIC is reporting today that the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) on July 23 recommended changes to the CDC's Interim Guidance for Infection Control for Care of Patients with Confirmed or Suspected Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection ...More
    July 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • NPSG 7: Implications for Infection Preventionists
    On July 28, ICT presented a live Webinar, "The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals: Implications for Infection Preventionists." (If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to register today for this event by clicking HERE. The Webinar will be available on ...More
    July 29, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus Impacts Pregnant Women More Severely, Study Says
    Pregnant women infected with 2009 novel H1N1 had a higher rate of hospitalization and greater risk of death than the general population due to the H1N1 flu, according to a study in the Aug. 8 issue of the British medical journal Lancet. The data collected and analyzed by ...More
    July 29, 2009 Posted in News