• Vaginal Gel May Provide a New Approach to HIV Prevention
    Research with female monkeys at the Tulane National Primate Research Center has for the first time shown that three different anti-viral agents in a vaginal gel protect the animals against an HIV-like virus. The research suggests that a microbicide using compounds that ...More
    November 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Scientists Report a New Method to Speed Bird Flu Vaccine Production
    In the event of an influenza pandemic, the world's vaccine manufacturers will be in a race against time to forestall calamity. But now, thanks to a new technique to more efficiently produce the disarmed viruses that are the seed stock for making flu vaccine in large ...More
    November 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Making the Best Use of Your Sharps Injury Log
    Making the Best Use of Your Sharps Injury Log By William A. Hyman The Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (1910.1030) mandates the maintenance of a sharps injury log (1910.1030(h)(5)(i). The key elements of this log are an identification of ...More
    November 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Needleless Connectors and Bacteremia: Is There a Relationship?
    Needleless Connectors and Bacteremia: Is There a Relationship? By Marilyn Hanchett, RN, PhD Abstract Needleless connectors, used today as integral components of an infusion system, evolved in response to demands for enhanced healthcare worker safety and as part of the ...More
    November 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Product Locator
    PCI medical The TD-100 is the only automated disinfector for transesophageal (TEE) probes. Designed to eliminate the need for manual reprocessing of these delicate probes, the TD-100 is similar in function to the widely used endoscopic reprocessors found in most CS and ...More
    November 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Medical Fabrics
    Medical Fabrics The Latest Advancements and Current Issues By Kris Ellis Part one in a two-part series on medical fabrics. Today’s healthcare worker (HCW) is faced with potential exposure to a growing number of increasingly dangerous pathogens on a daily basis. More than ...More
    November 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Medical Gloves
    Medical Gloves Emerging Properties and Trends By Kris Ellis The proper use of effective medical gloves is a fundamental component of the effort to control the spread of pathogens. Given the range of choices that the market currently offers in terms of gloves, facilities ...More
  • Upholding Infection Control Principles in HospitalConstruction and Renovation Projects
    Upholding Infection Control Principles in Hospital Construction and Renovation Projects By Jennifer Schraag They say bigger is better and today’s healthcare facilities are no exception. As new facilities are birthed and expansions are never-ending, the role of any ...More
    November 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • HHS Buys Additional Vaccine as Preparations for Potential Influenza Pandemic Continue
    HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt announced last week the purchase of additional vaccine that could be used in the event of a potential influenza pandemic. The department has awarded a $62.5 million contract to Chiron Corporation to manufacture an avian influenza vaccine designed ...More
    October 31, 2005 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Doctors Urge Public Not to Hoard Tamiflu
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) are urging members of the public not to stockpile oseltamivir (Tamiflu), amid concerns about a possible shortage of the antiviral drug that is used to treat ...More
    October 31, 2005 Posted in News