• More Swimmers Means More Pathogens in the Water
    The levels of potentially harmful waterborne microorganisms in rivers, lakes and other recreational waterways may be highest when the water is most crowded with swimmers. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health completed two studies at the ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Probiotic Drinks Can Help Reduce Diarrhea Associated with Antibiotics
    Drinks containing probiotic bacteria can help reduce diarrhea among older people, which may reduce length of stay in hospital and save the NHS money, say ImperialCollege researchers at HammersmithHospital in a study published today. Between 5 percent and 25 percent of ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Doctors Call for Opt-out Approach to HIV Testing
    In this week’s British Medical Journal (BMJ), two groups of public health doctors argue for routine opt-out HIV testing in healthcare settings such as general practice surgeries, accident and emergency departments and hospital wards. In the first article, professor Harold ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Effective Infection Prevention Programs Include Proactive Measures
    Abstract The U.S. healthcare system is burdened with 3.2 billion dollars of added cost each year to battle multi-drug-resistant organisms (MDROs). The two primary organisms are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Are ICU Nurses’ Working Conditions Linked to an Increase in HAIs?
    I wanted to share with you a report from researchers at Columbia University School of Nursing that indicates that hospitals which provide their ICU nurses with better working conditions see a correlation to their healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) rate. We know that ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Safety Syringes: Is Your Institution Stuck in the Stone Age?
    Early man fashioned sharp instruments from flint and stone. Today, these implements are obsolete. Is the same thing happening with safety syringes? Following passage of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, manufacturers responded with product modifications to meet ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Not Too Cold, Not Too Hot
    Patients often become cold before, during, and after surgery and this can decrease the patient’s immunity and increase their risk of contracting a surgical site infection (SSI). Fortunately, several studies show that proper use of temperature management devices ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
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  • Catheters and Infection Prevention
    In this issue we take a look at steps clinicians can take to control and prevent infections relating to both catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSIs) and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Fighting CR-BSIs Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSIs) occur when ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Getting to the Point of Sharps Safety Best Practices
    Every year between 600,000 and 800,000 people are the victims of needlestick injuries in U.S. hospitals, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). These numbers are daunting, but the stories behind the numbers are far more troubling. ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in Articles