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  • APIC Urges Healthcare Workers to Get Vaccinated Against Influenza
    Amid reports that the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus could infect half of the U.S. population and the low rates of flu immunization among healthcare workers, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) urges healthcare institutions to require ...More
    August 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • Role of HVAC&R Systems in Infectious Disease Transmission Addressed by ASHRAE
    As public health officials deal with a second wave of the novel H1N1 influenza virus, new information is available on the health consequences of exposure to such airborne infectious diseases and the implications on the design, installation and operation of HVAC&R ...More
    August 31, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Hard Choices in Patient Safety Decision-Making
    What are the most imperative patient-safety issues in today’s hospitals? Can facilities prevent wrong-site surgery AND medication errors at the same time? In a commentary in the Aug. 26 issue of JAMA, two experts in patient safety and bioethics from Johns Hopkins urge ...More
    August 31, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Study Reveals How a Common Virus Eludes the Immune System
    Viruses have numerous tricks for dodging the immune system. In the Sept. 7, 2009 issue of the Journal of Cell Biology, Stagg et al. reveal a key detail in one of these stratagems, identifying a protein that enables cytomegalovirus to shut down an antiviral ...More
    August 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • 10 Flu Prevention PSA Contest Finalists Chosen; Public to Vote for the Winner
    It’s time for the public to vote for the best video in the HHS Flu Prevention Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest.  The producer of the winning video gets a $2,500 cash award, and the winning PSA will be broadcast on national television.When HHS Secretary ...More
    August 31, 2009 Posted in News
  • Getting Your Hands Around Hand Hygiene
    On Aug. 27, ICT and the Kimberly-Clark Health Care Knowledge Network presented a live Webinar, "Getting Your Hands Around Hand Hygiene” (If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to register for this event by clicking HERE. The Webinar will be available on ...More
    August 28, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • IOM Report on Respiratory Protection is Out Now
    Several weeks ago I posted a news item to the ICT Web site about the Institute of Medicine forming a committee to study personal protective equipment (PPE) within the context of the novel H1N1 influenza outbreak. The committee’s report, “Respiratory Protection ...More
    August 28, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Survey Finds Majority of Public Taking Steps Against H1N1 Flu Virus
    A recent poll on the H1N1 flu conducted by the American Red Cross found that more Americans are taking or planning on taking extra measures to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissue (78 percent) or wash their hands more carefully (76 percent) to avoid getting the flu. ...More
    August 28, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • The Path to New Antibiotics: Researchers Find Vulnerable Enzyme in Pathogens
    Researchers at Burnham Institute for Medical Research, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and University of Maryland have demonstrated that an enzyme that is essential to many bacteria can be targeted to kill dangerous pathogens. In addition, investigators ...More
    August 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC to Recognize Administrative Champions of Infection Prevention
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has created a new award to recognize healthcare CEOs and administrators that support infection prevention and control efforts throughout their facilities. The new APIC Healthcare Administrator ...More
    August 27, 2009 Posted in News