• Pennsylvania Hospitals Launch Grassroots Effort to Reduce Risk of Medical Error
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Hospitals in northeastern and central Pennsylvania are working together to develop standards for the use of color-coded patient wristbands in their facilities. Wristband colors are often used to convey clinical information to nurses, physicians and other ...More
    August 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • FDA Seeks Comments on Use of Identifier System for Medical Devices
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking information on how the use of a unique identifier system for medical devices may reduce medical errors, facilitate device recalls and improve medical device adverse event reporting. A notice will appear in Friday's Federal ...More
    August 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • IDSA and SHEA Urge Focus on Pandemic Vaccines
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) are encouraging the White House to adopt a strengthened effort to develop pandemic vaccines as a primary focus of the U.S. government's national strategy for ...More
    August 8, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • IDSA, SHEA Urge White House to Emphasize Vaccines as a Strategy for Controlling Pandemic Flu
    A strengthened effort to develop pandemic vaccines should be the primary focus of the U.S. government's national strategy for pandemic influenza, according to two leading professional societies representing infectious disease and infection control experts. Other strategies, ...More
    August 8, 2006 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find "Secret Weapon" Used by SARS Virus
    In 2003, the highly contagious and often-deadly mystery disease now called SARS emerged explosively out of Southern China. It eventually killed an estimated 916 people in Asia, Europe, and North and South America—nearly 1 in 10 of those it infected. When scientists ...More
    August 8, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite
    If you’re staying in a hotel room these days, you’d better check between the sheets for an uninvited guest. Infestations of bed bugs are making headlines lately, and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) indicates that these kinds of infestations have been ...More
    August 7, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • New Smallpox Protein Structure Could Aid in Drug Design
    The smallpox virus topoisomerase enzyme-DNA complex (DNA, yellow; topoisomerase, blue; covalent bond between the topoisomerase and the DNA, pink sphere). Image courtesy of Kay Perry, PhD; Frederic D. Bushman, PhD; Gregory D. Van Duyne, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School ...More
    August 4, 2006 Posted in News
  • Researchers’ "Movie" Spies on Malaria Parasite's Sneaky Behavior
    Malaria has been outsmarting the human immune system for centuries. Now, using real-time imaging to track malaria infections in live mice, researchers have discovered one of the parasite’s sneakiest tricks—using dead liver cells to cloak and transport itself back into the ...More
    August 4, 2006 Posted in News
  • Coloplast Launches Education Program to Train, Empower and Develop Core Competencies for the Caregiver
    ATLANTA -- After years of focus on the development of skin health best practices for acute and long-term care healthcare organizations, Coloplast has now launched an award-winning, accredited modular educational program titled “Skin: the Vital Organ.” This program is ...More
    August 4, 2006 Posted in News
  • Meaningful Data Collection
    Question: As a critical access hospital with fewer than 25 beds and an average census of 10 patients per day, our numbers are obviously much smaller than most facilities. We are attempting to determine if our infection control data should be presented on the basis of 100 or ...More
    August 4, 2006 Posted in Articles