• All Antiseptic Handwashes are Not Created Equal
    In 1846, Ignaz Semmelweis observed that Austrian women whose babies were delivered by hospital-based students and physicians moving between the morgue and the obstetrics ward had higher mortality rates than those whose babies were delivered by midwives. He insisted the ...More
  • Bad Bugs
    In much of life, change is a good thing. But a glaring exception exists — pathogens that continually mutate, creating resistance to the very pharmaceuticals designed to kill them. Their very nature is unfixed, mutable. Certain of these continually stand at the front of the ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Sharps Safety
    Sharps safety has long been a concern of healthcare workers (HCWs), and countless safety devices have been implemented to improve the safety of nurses, techs, and other healthcare personnel. Some primary prevention efforts have even eliminated sharps entirely. Despite these ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • The Future of Infection Prevention
    Drug-resistant methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile outbreaks … pandemic influenza threats … mandatory reporting requirements … making the business case for infection prevention and control … these are but a few of the concerns on the ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • IC 01/07
    JANUARY 2007 24-26ICT Conference on Professional DevelopmentProduced by ICT and Virgo Publishing, LLC Hampton Inn, Las Vegas www.ictconference.com FEBRUARY 2007 6APIC Grand Rounds: A Call to Action — Elimination of MRSA TransmissionPhiladelphia www.apic.org MARCH 2007 6APIC ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Innovative Research Will Improve Understanding of Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases
    WILTON, Conn. -- The National Research Fund for Tick-Borne Diseases, Inc. (NRFTD), the nation's only non-profit organization dedicated primarily to funding scientific research in the rapidly expanding field of tick-borne diseases, today announced the awarding of four ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Molecular Anatomy of the Influenza Virus is Detailed by Scientists
    The three-dimensional structure of influenza virus from electron tomography. The viruses are about 120 nanometers — about one ten thousandth of a millimeter — in diameter. Scientists at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), part ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • FDA Publishes Final Rule on Accepted Criteria for Gloves
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its final rule in the Dec. 19, 2006 Federal Register on test procedures and accepted criteria for patient examination and surgeons' gloves. The rule will improve the barrier quality of medical gloves marketed in the United ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Missouri Releases Report on Hospital-Acquired Infections
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Health has released a report disclosing the rate at which patients developed certain bloodstream infections in each of the state's hospitals. The report was issued in response to a state law passed in 2004 that requires ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Change in Guidelines Could Help Eliminate TB in the U.S.
    To eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in the United States, current guidelines should be changed to reclassify all foreign-born residents from high-incidence countries as “high-risk,” regardless of the amount of time they have lived in the U.S. These findings appear in the first ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in News