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  • FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Another Test for 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  today announced it has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a another diagnostic test for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, whose spread has caused the virus to be characterized as a pandemic by the World Health ...More
    July 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Capture Bacterial Infection on Film
    Researchers have developed a new technique that allows them to make a movie of bacteria infecting their living host.While  most studies of bacterial infection are done after the death of the infected organism, this system developed by scientists at the University of ...More
    July 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Nurse Jackie
    I've been watching a couple of new television series revolving around the nursing profession, Nurse Jackie (Showtime) and HawthoRNe (TNT). Wow, these shows really have ruffled some feathers.While I can understand some of the uproar, I think a lot of people have taken these ...More
    July 24, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Don't Lose Sight of Seasonal Influenza, Expert Warns
    The CDC hosted an update on the novel H1N1 influenza outbreak earlier today, with Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, offering her perspective on the situation but urging people not to lose sight of the threat of ...More
    July 24, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Early Detection, Quick Response are Key to Defense Against Anthrax Attack
    A large attack on a major metropolitan area with airborne anthrax could affect more than a million people, necessitating their treatment with powerful antibiotics. A new study finds that in order for a response to be effective, quick detection and treatment are essential, ...More
    July 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • 1 in 6 Public Health Workers Unlikely to Respond in Pandemic Flu Emergency
    Approximately 1 in 6 public health workers said they would not report to work during a pandemic flu emergency regardless of its severity, according to a survey led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings are a significant ...More
    July 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Automated Surveillance: Can it Replace "Shoe-Leather" Epidemiology?
    A recent survey of infection preventionists (IPs) by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) confirmed that while demands on the profession are escalating, 41 percent of respondents to the “2009 APIC Economic Survey” ...More
    July 24, 2009 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • AORN Revises Hand Hygiene Recommended Practice
    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) announces that it has revised terminology in its recently published “Recommended Practices for Hand Hygiene in the Perioperative Setting” to account for the multiple regulatory paths related to hand ...More
    July 24, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Technology Aids in HAI Prevention
    Technological advancements are beginning to revolutionize the way infection preventionists fight hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). We take a look at emerging technology and the way it is facilitating measurement and compliance with everything from hand hygiene to ...More
  • Increasing Influenza Immunizations Rates for Healthcare Workers
    Nurses, as well as other healthcare workers (HCWs), have close interactions and contact with all types of chronically ill patients that are immunosuppressed, fresh surgeries, elderly or very young. Influenza, a vaccine-preventable disease, is a serious threat to the ...More
    July 23, 2009 Posted in Articles