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  • Scientists Identify New Congenital Neutropenia Syndrome and Causative Gene Mutation
    A team of scientists has discovered a new syndrome associated with severe congenital neutropenia (SCN), a rare disorder in which children lack sufficient infection-fighting white blood cells, and identified the genetic cause of the syndrome: mutations in the gene ...More
    January 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves Comprehensive System to Test Donated Blood for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
    The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) today approved a new nucleic acid test from Roche to screen donated blood for HIV-1 Group M RNA, hepatitis C RNA and hepatitis B DNA in a single, automated assay. The test, called the cobas TaqScreen MPX Test for use on the cobas s ...More
    January 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Health Groups Release 2009 Immunization Schedules
    Updated immunization recommendations for childhood influenza vaccinations are included in the 2009 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules released jointly today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and ...More
    January 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Las Vegas Center Reports Improper Disinfection Methods
    A Las Vegas surgery center has reported itself to the Nevada State Health Division, the Southern Nevada Health District and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for improperly disinfecting instruments used in procedures. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the ...More
    January 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • MRSA Pre-Screening Effective in Reducing Otolaryngic Surgical Infection Rates
    Pre-operative screening of patients for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) may be an effective way to reduce infection rates following otolaryngic surgeries, according to new research published in the January 2009 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and ...More
    January 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Happy New Year!
    The New Year is less than 24 hours away, and I wanted to thank all ICT readers for reading the print publication and using our Web site so diligently throughout 2008. I wish you the very best life has to offer in 2009, and here's to busting those bugs! See you in ...More
    December 31, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • See You In Cyberspace at the ICT Conference!
    In the December issue of ICT, I wrote an article looking at the issues impacting infection prevention and control programs, and there was no lack of indication in the medical literature and anecdotally that these programs are insufficiently resourced, funded and staffed. ...More
    December 31, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Epidemiologists, Infection Preventionists Share Common Goal of Fighting HAIs
    I welcome the opportunity to introduce the readers of Infection Control Today to the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and update them on recent activities. For more than 20 years, SHEA and its members have focused on advancing the science of infection ...More
    December 31, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Prevention Imperatives for the New Year
    The axiom, “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” easily could be applied to the practice of infection prevention and control, which, while experiencing a spike in the number of more sophisticated, evolving tasks infection preventionists now must ...More
    December 31, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Medical Fabrics: A Reservoir of Pathogenic Bacterium?
    Studies tell us that nearly everything in the hospital environment can become a reservoir for pathogenic organisms. Fomites that can carry these pathogens include everything from computer keyboards, pens and phones, to identity badges and lanyards, stethoscopes, PDAs and ...More
    December 31, 2008 Posted in Articles