• USDA and FDA Announce Investigation Results of Texas Cow That Tested Positive for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have completed their investigations regarding a cow that tested positive for bovine ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • FDA Issues Statement on Chiron Corporation Inspection
    "We are pleased that the Chiron Corporation has taken steps to address issues at their facility in Liverpool as they prepare for the upcoming flu season," said Dr. Jesse Goodman, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves New Influenza Vaccine for Upcoming Flu Season
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved Fluarix, an influenza vaccine for adults that contains inactivated virus. Fluarix is approved to immunize adults 18 years of age and older against influenza virus types A and B contained in the vaccine. Influenza is also ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • GlaxoSmithKline Acquires Vaccine R&D and Manufacturing Plant in the U.S.
    PHILADELPHIA -- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) today announced that it is expanding its ability to increase vaccines supplies for Americans by acquiring a vaccine research and production facility in Marietta, Pa. This acquisition adds to the company's growing vaccines presence in ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • BSE May Have Originated from a Human Form of the Disease
    Animal feed contaminated with human remains may have caused the first cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, suggests a hypothesis published in this week’s issue of The Lancet. The cause of the original case or cases of BSE is currently unknown. Sheep scrapie or a ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Toronto Physicians Reveal Fears While Coping With SARS Outbreak
    A new study of the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Toronto shows how fears of a virulent contagious disease can affect healthcare providers and reveals that some of those surveyed who experienced SARS-like symptoms during the outbreak still went ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Avoiding the Point:
    Avoiding the Point: Sharps Safety best Practices for HCWs By Jennifer Schraag Sharps safety goes beyond the infection control (IC) team, encircling every aspect of today’s healthcare systems. Reducing the risks presented by occupational exposure begins with awareness, ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Risky Business
    Risky Business Occupational Hazards & The Healthcare Worker By Kelly M. Pyrek While hospitals are designed to be places of treatment and healing for patients, they present a significant number of occupational hazards to healthcare workers (HCWs). A survey1 of registered ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Control Today: Clinical Update
    Biofilm: Secret Refuge of the Microbial World By Steve Bierman, MD Regardless of when you graduated, there was a surprising omission in your medical education, one that could jeopardize the very life and limb of your patients. It’s difficult to imagine, but somehow a ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Educating SPD Staff
    Educating SPD Staff By Kathy Dix Sterile processing department (SPD) educators have a weighty task — determining what education is necessary to make their staff competent, to maintain competency, and how to secure the resources necessary to make it happen Deficits in ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization