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  • Triple-Combo Drug Shows Promise Against Antiviral-Resistant Swine Flu
    An experimental drug cocktail that includes three prescriptions now widely available offers the best hope in developing a single agent to treat drug-resistant H1N1 swine flu, says a virology researcher in the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric ...More
    October 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flu Mortality Risk Increases for Older Patients with Dementia
    An epidemiological study on pneumonia and influenza in adults age 65 and over reports that patients with dementia are diagnosed with flu less frequently, have shorter hospital stays, and have a 50 percent higher rate of death than those without dementia. The three-pronged ...More
    October 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Long Hair and SSIs: Any Connection?
    An ICT reader asks, "Are there any standards addressing whether nurses with long hair should have it secured away from the face and from hanging over the patient when providing care?  Does the possibility of long hair dropping onto the patient in pre-operative and ...More
    October 26, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Pandemic Flu Declared National Emergency
    On Saturday, President Barack Obama declared the H1N1 influenza pandemic to be a national emergency.  The statement from Obama  issued by the White House reads as follows: “Pursuant to section 201 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1621), I hereby ...More
    October 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Intravenous Antiviral Peramivir for 2009 H1N1 Influenza for Certain Patients, Settings
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that, in response to a request from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the investigational antiviral drug peramivir intravenous (IV) in certain ...More
    October 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • C. Diff Infection Rising in Community Settings, Study Finds
    Mayo Clinic researchers have found that a sometimes deadly stomach bug, Clostridium difficile, is on the rise in outpatient settings. Clostridium difficile is a serious bacteria that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. ...More
    October 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Generic N95 Fit-Testing Card is Released
    The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Alliance, in conjunction with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s National Personal Protective Technology Lab ...More
    October 26, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • HHS Awards $17 Million in New Initiative to Fight HAIs
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the award of $17 million to fund projects to fight costly and dangerous healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). "When patients go to the hospital, they expect to get better, not worse," Sebelius said. "Eliminating infections is ...More
    October 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • As Education and Income Rise, Concern About Flu Declines
    Are Americans concerned about swine flu? About one-third say they are, one-third say they're not, and one-third say, well, maybe a little. Concern is greater among people with lower incomes and less education."It appears that people with more education believe that steps ...More
    October 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • New York Health Officials Suspend Mandatory Flu Vaccination for Healthcare Workers
    New York Gov. David A. Paterson today announced that State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, MD, has suspended the mandatory influenza immunization requirement for New York healthcare workers so that the limited vaccine supplies can be used for populations most at risk ...More
    October 23, 2009 Posted in News