• Study Shows Increasing Nursing Staff Improves Care
    A study in the January/February 2006 issue of the journal Health Affairs concludes that increasing the number of registered nurses and hours of nursing care per patient would save 6,700 lives and 4 million days of patient care in hospitals each year. The research by UCLA’s ...More
    January 10, 2006 Posted in News
  • BD Announces Agreement to Acquire GeneOhm Sciences, Inc.
    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire GeneOhm Sciences, Inc., a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, that has pioneered the development of molecular diagnostic testing for the ...More
    January 10, 2006 Posted in News
  • Romark Laboratories to Develop Alinia as New Treatment for Chronic Hepatitis C
    TAMPA, Fla. -- Romark Laboratories announced that it is initiating U.S. clinical development of Alinia (nitazoxanide) tablets for treating chronic hepatitis C. The company has filed an Investigational New Drug (IND) Application with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...More
    January 10, 2006 Posted in News
  • New Cough Guidelines Urge Adult Whooping Cough Vaccine
    NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- New evidence-based guidelines issued by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) provide the most comprehensive recommendations for the diagnosis and management of cough in adults and children, including specific recommendations for the prevention ...More
    January 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • Avian Flu Transmission to Humans May Be Higher Than Thought
    A new study suggests that there is an association between direct contact with dead or sick poultry and flu-like illness in humans and that the transmission is probably more common than expected, according to a new study in the Jan. 9, 2006 issue of Archives of Internal ...More
    January 9, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Patient Safety Monitoring Finds Law of Unintended Consequences Related to Infections
    Rigorous attention to patient safety and monitoring for unexpected spikes in bloodstream infection rates at the Johns Hopkins Hospital led a team of Hopkins specialists to uncover an unintended, surprising safety problem with a new device that was supposed to make patients ...More
    January 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover New Drug for the Treatment of Sepsis
    BROOKLYN. N.Y. -- State University of New York (SUNY)’s Downstate Medical Center and Polytechnic University have teamed up to uncover a new candidate for the treatment of sepsis, a bacterial infection of the blood with high morbidity and mortality rates. The researchers’ ...More
    January 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • National Study Evaluates Electronic Reporting of Medical Errors and Adverse Events
    BOSTON -- Results from a multi-year survey of reports from hospitals using electronic adverse event and error reporting systems indicate that an estimated 34,000 patients a year could be seriously or permanently injured, or die, during hospitalization due to medical errors ...More
    January 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • Many Parents Unaware of RSV
    Although respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) affects almost all children at least once before they are 2 years old, many parents may not be familiar with this infection which is most common during the winter season. “Usually we begin seeing the early cases of RSV around the ...More
    January 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Issues Statement Regarding Human Cases of H5N1 in Europe
    HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt has issued the following statement: “From the first appearance of H5N1 influenza in migrating birds in Asia, we have recognized -- and called attention to -- the possibility that they could carry the virus to other continents. While we are ...More
    January 6, 2006 Posted in News