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  • Flu Shots Not to Be Sneezed At
    Two in five at-risk American adults who would benefit from vaccination against seasonal flu are missing out on the protective shots because they believe they do not need them and are not inclined to be vaccinated. And among those who say they do intend to take up the ...More
    October 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • USAID Launches Emerging Pandemic Threats Program
    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching an Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) program that builds on the successes of the Agency's long-standing programs in disease surveillance, training, and outbreak response, particularly those addressing ...More
    October 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Experts Offer Solutions to CAUTIs
    It's a statistic that almost every healthcare facility knows: 40 percent of all healthcare-acquired infections are urinary tract infections (UTI). Since catheters -- the most common source of these infections -- are used on over four million hospital patients a year, the ...More
    October 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • "Superspreaders" May Trigger Infectious Outbreaks in Hospitals
    Healthcare workers (HCWs) who roam from patient to patient in a hospital ward may play a disproportionate role in spreading pathogens. Laura Temime and colleagues at France's National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) used a mathematical model of a ...More
    October 21, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Hospital Association Urges Nurses Union to Stop H1N1 Scare Tactics
    The California Hospital Association (CHA) is engaged with hospitals and state and local public health officials in a voluntary statewide effort to ensure that all hospital workers -- including registered nurses -- are vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus."Hospital ...More
    October 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • Survey Finds Women Taking the Risk of Flu More Seriously Than Men
    A new American Red Cross poll shows that while concerns about exposure to the H1N1 influenza virus remain high, women are more likely than men to make extra efforts to cover coughs and sneezes with tissue, wash their hands more carefully and use hand sanitizer more often. ...More
    October 21, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Nurses Strike Looms as RNs to Protest Hospital Gaps in Flu Safety
    As many as 16,000 registered nurses from three large Catholic hospital chains in California and Nevada will join a one-day strike and picket on Oct. 30, as RNs step up the protest over poor readiness by many hospitals to confront the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, the California ...More
    October 21, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Major Swine Flu Outbreak is Opportunity to Study Virus Behavior
    With the 2009 influenza season upon us, characterization of the epidemiology and duration of shedding for the nH1N1 virus is critical. Investigators from the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine Epidemiology Consult Service capitalized ...More
    October 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Contamination of Surgical Scrubs and Laundering Mechanisms: Infection Control Implications
    By Carolyn L. Twomey, RN, BSN; Heather Beitz, BA, MEd; and Helen Boehm Johnson, MD Objective: To assess the bioburden associated with surgical scrub garments separated into eight categories based on single-use/re-usable status, use status (prior to use versus after ...More
    October 19, 2009 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Hand Hygiene: Challenges and Strategies
    Despite acknowledgement of the critically important role of hand hygiene in reducing the transmission of pathogenic microorganisms, overall compliance with hand hygiene is less than optimal in healthcare settings. This article addresses hand hygiene best practices, ...More
    October 19, 2009 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene