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  • Scientists Warn We Are Closer Than Ever to the Next Influenza Pandemic
    LONDON -- The world is poorly prepared to fight the next influenza pandemic, with the window of opportunity to prepare narrowing, according to a review of the current status of pandemic planning published in this month's Lancet Infectious Diseases.(1) The paper issues a ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Surprising Decreased Surgical Infection Risk After Age 65
    Contrary to what you might think, advanced age does not increase the risk of surgical-site infections, according to a large long-term study reported in the April 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online. The study, which involved prospectively ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Medication Errors Common at the Time of Hospital Admission
    Medication errors are common at the time of hospital admission and some have the potential to be harmful, according to the February 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. A medication use history is an integral part of the hospital admission process, but errors in the ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Disposable Items Help Prevent Healthcare-Acquired Infections
    Disposable Items Help Prevent Healthcare-Acquired Infections By Larry M. Bush, MD In recent years, the concept and use of disposable items has been introduced into the hospital setting for the purposes of the prevention of HAIs, as well as for convenience and cost factors. ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Apparel in the Hospital What to Wear, Where?
    Apparel in the Hospital What to Wear, Where? By Kathy Dix Street clothing in a hospital’s restricted areas occurs more often than might be suspected. Sterile processing department (SPD) managers complain — often to no avail — that the instruments they reprocess may be ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Is a Global Flu Pandemic Imminent?
    Is a Global Flu Pandemic Imminent? By Kelly M. Pyrek In the past several years, the infection control community has been on high alert, dealing with bioterrorism threats as well as emerging infectious diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the influenza ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Environmental Services
    Environmental Cleaning in the Operating Room Adapted from the September 2004 presentation by Rose Seavey, RN, MBA, CNOR, ACSP, at the ASHES Annual Conference in Orlando in September, 2004, based on the Jan. 1, 2003, AORN Recommended Practices for Environmental Cleaning in ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Clinical Update
    HICPAC Revises Isolation and TB Guidelines By John Roark The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s long awaited “Guidelines for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Setings” will most likely be published in late ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Evaluating and Purchasing Surgical Apparel and Sharps
    Evaluating and Purchasing Surgical Apparel and Sharps By Kris Ellis The process of making informed and intelligent decisions regarding important supplies and equipment is an essential task at every facility. Infection Control Today magazine asked some leading vendors for ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Needlesticks: Are “Safety” Syringes Really Safe?
    Needlesticks: Are “Safety” Syringes Really Safe? By William A. Hyman The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirement for “safety-engineered” sharps protection has resulted in a wide range of syringe products that are explicitly or implicitly said to ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in Articles