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  • Anthrax Cellular Entry Point Uncovered
    The long-sought-after biological “gateway” that anthrax uses to enter healthy cells has been uncovered by microbiologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Anthrax spores enter the cell through something called Mac-1, a receptor that sits on the surface of ...More
    January 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • Experts Urge Integration of Adult Vaccines into Routine Care to Save Lives, Reduce Needless Illness
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) paint a disappointing picture of adult immunization against serious infectious diseases in the United States. In addition, a new consumer survey shows the vast majority of adult ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Zero Tolerance for Infections: A Winning Strategy
    “Zero tolerance” is quickly becoming the new watchword in infection prevention, as the concept of striving for zero infiltrates U.S. hospital staffs as they strive to meet new pay-for-performance mandates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), this fall ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • calendar
    Send your event information for publication to Kelly Pyrek at kpyrek@vpico.com. MARCH 2008 3-7 EPI 101 and 201 courses New Orleans www.apic.org 30-April 3 Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) annual congress Anaheim, Calif.www.aorn.org JUNE 2008 9-12 2008 ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Bundling is Better, Experts Say
    It’s no secret the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) was on to something big when it launched its 100,000 Lives Campaign. Since its inception, countless interventions have been implemented in health systems across the country, and countless lives have been ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Prevention Experts Share Information, Strategies at Conference on Infectious Diseases
    The 12th Conference on Infectious Diseases, sponsored by SHEA, APIC and AORN, and underwritten and hosted by Kimberly-Clark Health Care, brought together infection control practitioners, nurses and physicians to promote dialogue about contemporary challenges in the ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles
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    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Continued Pandemic Preparedness Pays Off
    A deadly flu strain. Ease of contamination. Mass casualties. Sounds like a Dark Ages doomsday tale to most people, but to the infection prevention and control community, this scene is a reality that requires preparation. An influenza pandemic is just as possible as ever ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Best Practices: New Ways to Observe Time-Tested Guidelines
    Whether you are a veteran or are new to the field, it may be time to revisit the concept of infection prevention best practices. It’s a term used frequently, but what exactly is a “best practice” these days, especially with the proliferation of legislative mandates, ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Do What’s Right, Even When No One is Looking!
    Do What’s Right, Even When No One is Looking! Why do we do the things we do? I don’t profess to have a profound understanding of what occurs within the deepest recesses of the human psyche, but I do know that human beings are capable of some baffling behavior. Place that ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene