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  • Drug-Resistant Bugs Get the "STAAR" Treatment
    Kudos to Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-NJ) for introducing H.R. 3697, the Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act, which is being supported by infectious disease physicians as an important way to raise awareness of drug-resistant ...More
    October 2, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Record Number of Kids Expected to Get Flu Vaccine This Year
    Flu vaccination rates among children are expected to hit an all-time high this season, and parents who plan to vaccinate themselves are much more likely to vaccinate their young children against the flu, new research finds. However, only half of high-risk adults plan to get ...More
    October 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Infectious Diseases Experts Applaud Bill Against "Bad Bugs"
    ARLINGTON, Va. -- With extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, life-threatening drug-resistant respiratory and skin infections, and other "bad bugs" routinely making headlines, infectious diseases physicians are applauding Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Rep. Michael Ferguson ...More
    October 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Not just on Star Trek anymore!
    I was driving into work this morning and heard on the news about a teenage boy who was killed by a brain-eating amoeba he picked-up in LakeHavasu. It was something that quickly caught my attention as it sounded very sci-fi—something straight out of Star Trek. This ...More
    September 28, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Joint Commission is Preparing Monograph on Hand Hygiene Measurement Methods
    In September 2006, the Joint Commission launched an initiative to collect comprehensive, innovative and cost-effective hand hygiene measurement methods from healthcare organizations as part of its Consensus Measurement in Hand Hygiene (CMHH) project. The goal is to address ...More
    September 27, 2007 Posted in Articles, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Medical Industry and Glove Manufacturers Address Latex Allergy Concerns of Healthcare Workers
    Stacey Back is allergic to lots of things, but none are as dangerous for her as latex. The Delaware woman was diagnosed with latex allergy 10 years ago and the illness has become a giant struggle for Back, her friends and family. “It affects so many aspects of my life I ...More
    September 27, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • TOC October 2007
    A Risky Business: The Occupational Hazards of Healthcare By Danielle Maheux Medical Industry and Manufacturers Address Latex Allergy Concerns of Healthcare Workers By Michelle Beaver PPE: Don’t Take the Basics for Granted By Michelle Beaver Joint Commission is Preparing ...More
    September 27, 2007 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • PPE: Don’t Take the Basics for Granted
    Personal protective equipment. Healthcare workers (HCWs) know they need it and they know why they need it, but stressful working conditions can sometimes interfere with making perfect choices. There’s no easy cure for that, but one way HCWs can take control is by adding to ...More
    September 27, 2007 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • ICT calendar
    OCTOBER 2007 8-14Central Service Professionals Week: Instrumental in Healthcare www.ashcsp.org 14-20Infection Prevention Week www.apic.org 18APIC Grand Rounds — SSIs New York City www.apic.org 20APIC Grand Rounds — SSIs Chicago www.apic.org 26-28Conference on Health Care ...More
    September 27, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Two Weeks to Ponder the Meaning of Infection Prevention
    Oct. 14-20 is Infection Prevention and Control Week, the perfect time to stop and think about why you do what you do for a living. At some point in your career as an infection control practitioner (ICP) have you started treating infections like widgets to be counted, ...More
    September 27, 2007 Posted in Articles