• New Drugs for Bad Bugs: Approach Could Bolster Antibiotic Arsenal
    Call it a chemical crystal ball. A new approach to predict whether a drug in development is likely to work and which dose is best could get antibiotics to market faster and more cheaply, say University of Florida (UF) researchers. In recent years, scientists worldwide have ...More
    March 4, 2005 Posted in News
  • Sunflower Seed Oil Can Protect Low Birth Weight Babies from Infection
    Massaging low birth weight babies with sunflower seed oil is a low cost intervention that can protect them from infections, concludes a study published online by The Lancet. The skin of a preterm baby is immature and lacks vernix, a protective cutaneous film with ...More
    March 3, 2005 Posted in News
  • AORN’s Recommended Practices for Maintaining a Sterile Field is Up for Review and Public Comment Through March 25, 2005
    The “Recommended Practices for Maintaining a Sterile Field” has been reviewed and revised by the Recommended Practices Committee.  These recommended practices are being presented for public review and comment.  The comment period will close March 25, ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Mount Sinai Researchers Identify Key to Controlling HIV
    Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found alpha-defensin-1, a protein found in immune cells, can control HIV infection by at least two mechanisms. Earlier studies have primarily looked at the role of defensins in bacterial diseases. A study published the ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Scientists Warn We Are Closer Than Ever to the Next Influenza Pandemic
    LONDON -- The world is poorly prepared to fight the next influenza pandemic, with the window of opportunity to prepare narrowing, according to a review of the current status of pandemic planning published in this month's Lancet Infectious Diseases.(1) The paper issues a ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Surprising Decreased Surgical Infection Risk After Age 65
    Contrary to what you might think, advanced age does not increase the risk of surgical-site infections, according to a large long-term study reported in the April 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online. The study, which involved prospectively ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Medication Errors Common at the Time of Hospital Admission
    Medication errors are common at the time of hospital admission and some have the potential to be harmful, according to the February 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. A medication use history is an integral part of the hospital admission process, but errors in the ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Disposable Items Help Prevent Healthcare-Acquired Infections
    Disposable Items Help Prevent Healthcare-Acquired Infections By Larry M. Bush, MD In recent years, the concept and use of disposable items has been introduced into the hospital setting for the purposes of the prevention of HAIs, as well as for convenience and cost factors. ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Apparel in the Hospital What to Wear, Where?
    Apparel in the Hospital What to Wear, Where? By Kathy Dix Street clothing in a hospital’s restricted areas occurs more often than might be suspected. Sterile processing department (SPD) managers complain — often to no avail — that the instruments they reprocess may be ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Is a Global Flu Pandemic Imminent?
    Is a Global Flu Pandemic Imminent? By Kelly M. Pyrek In the past several years, the infection control community has been on high alert, dealing with bioterrorism threats as well as emerging infectious diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the influenza ...More
    March 1, 2005 Posted in Articles