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  • Study Finds Infection Control Lapses at ASCs
    An assessment of nearly 70 ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in three states found that lapses in infection control were common, including for practices such as hand hygiene, injection and medication safety and equipment reprocessing, according to a study in the June 9 ...More
    July 2, 2010 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Researchers Urge Wider Use of Diarrheal Disease Control Measures
    Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health urge wider use of oral rehydration solution (ORS), zinc supplementation and rotavirus vaccine to reduce the deaths from diarrheal disease worldwide. Diarrheal disease kills approximately 1.5 million ...More
    July 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Publishes Draft Norovirus Prevention Guideline
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is inviting public comments on the draft Guideline for the Prevention and Control of Norovirus: Gastroenteritis Outbreaks in Healthcare Settings.” The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and ...More
    June 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • Oregon Announces First HAI Report
    The Office of Oregon Health Policy Research (OHPR) has released a new report that compares healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) rates at 58 healthcare facilities statewide. According to the report, an analysis conducted on Oregon hospitals from 2003 through 2005 estimated ...More
    June 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • Staffing Tops Concerns for Environmental Services Professionals
    Survey results released today by Orkin, LLC and the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) reveal that staffing is currently the most pressing issue for healthcare environmental services (ES) professionals. The survey of more than 2,000 ASHES members ...More
    June 30, 2010 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Vets Potentially Exposed to HIV at VA Hospital
    Fox News is reporting today that thousands of veterans receiving dental services at the John Cochran Division of the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center could have been accidentally exposed to HIV and other viruses. According to a Veterans Affairs (VA) statement, the ...More
    June 30, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Honey as an Antibiotic: Scientists Identify Secret Ingredient That Kills Bacteria
    Sweet news for those looking for new antibiotics: A new research published in the July 2010 print edition of the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal explains for the first time how honey kills bacteria. Specifically, the research ...More
    June 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • Pennsylvania HAI Report Showing Marked Improvements
    Pennsylvania’s ongoing efforts to protect patients from unnecessary infections in healthcare settings are bringing measurable results, said Gov. Edward G. Rendell as he released a report showing marked improvements in the number of healthcare-acquired infections ...More
    June 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves Rapid Test for Antibodies to Hepatitis C Virus
    The  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced approval of the first rapid blood test for antibodies to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) for individuals 15 years and older.The OraQuick HCV Rapid Antibody Test is used to test individuals who are at risk for ...More
    June 28, 2010 Posted in News
  • FDA Issues Draft Guidance on the Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in Food-Producing Animals
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued draft guidance intended to help reduce the development of resistance to medically important antimicrobial drugs used in food-producing animals.Today’s draft guidance outlines the FDA’s current thinking on ...More
    June 28, 2010 Posted in News