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  • 1 in 10 Children Using Cough, Cold Medications
    BOSTON — Researchers from BostonUniversity's SloneEpidemiologyCenter have found that approximately 1 in 10 U.S. children uses one or more cough and cold medications during a given week. These findings appear in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics.Pediatric ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Salmonella Saintpaul Lawsuit Filed
    The Seattle-based law firm Marler Clark announces the filing of the first lawsuit stemming from the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 1,319 people, hospitalized 255 and caused the death of two people in 43 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. The suit was filed ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Protein Predicts Survival in Pediatric Septic Shock
    Measuring a protein produced by the immune system within 24 hours of a child being admitted to the hospital for septic shock can help improve child survival rates, according to research conducted at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and published in the ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • APIC Issues Statement on New CMS Payment Regulations
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kathy Warye, CEO of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), issued the following statement today: “Beginning Oct. 1, 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will no longer reimburse ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Sound Off About Your Profession!
    Infection Prevention Week is Oct. 19-25 this year, and in honor of the important work that you do, I’d like ICT readers to sound off about the joys and challenges of their profession, for publication in the October issue of ICT. Drop me a line at and ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Deb SBS Launches Program for Infection Control in the Workplace
    Studies show good hand hygiene practices can reduce illness, absenteeism and associated costs by up to 50 percent. Ahead of the next cold and flu season, Deb SBS has launched a program called “Infection Control in the Workplace” to provide added weapons in the ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • CMS to Put Pressure on Providers for Decubitus Ulcer Prevention
    Pressure ulcers are usually expensive, painful and preventable. They are also one of the conditions for which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not reimburse, unless it is proven that the patient had the condition upon hospital admission. This ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Steps in the Management of Surgical Instrumentation
    Key assets directly related to revenue in today’s surgery departments is the management of a vast inventory of surgical instrumentation, equipment and supplies. Instrumentation, along with rigid and flexible scopes in a 350-bed hospital with a 14-suite surgical unit, ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Downplay Sepsis at Your Peril
    Sepsis is something of the redheaded stepchild in infection control – many other types of infection get more attention and resources. Ventilator-associated pneumonia and central line infections may garner more interest, but sepsis needs attention, too — it is ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • State-of-the-Art Mobile Infection Control Technology Aiming to Make Air Quality Safer for Immunocompromised Patients
    Aspergillus is a genus of some 200 highly airborne molds, some of which can be deadly, especially to immunocompromised patients. Consider that incidence rates of invasive aspergillosis have been reported as high as 26 percent in allogenic bone marrow transplant patients and ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in Articles