• Vaccines: Good for Adults, Too
    Vaccines — credited with eradicating diseases such as diphtheria, polio and measles in the United States — sometimes still get a bad rap. Some people believe that they aren’t effective or may cause dangerous side effects. Some say they are no longer needed because most ...More
    December 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • HIV-1 Kills Immune Cells in the Gut That May Never Bounce Back
    People with HIV have been living longer, healthier lives since the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in 1995. In fact, most patients on the drug regimen do so well that, according to blood tests, their immune cells appear to return to pre-HIV ...More
    December 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • CDC Awards $11.4 Million to Develop New Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Avian Flu
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced $11.4 million in new contracts to four companies working to develop new diagnostic tests that doctors and field epidemiologists could eventually use to quickly and accurately test patients for avian ...More
    December 4, 2006 Posted in News
  • Americans’ Concern for Skin Infections, Flu, Spreads Across the Country
    The latest National Cleaning Survey from The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) finds Americans are concerned about reports of skin infections, such as Staphylococcus aureus, in their children’s schools. If this bacterium becomes resistant to methicillin, a powerful ...More
  • Obstacles to Reducing Human Injury and Death Due to Medical Error
    University of Arkansas law professor Robert B Leflar As a matter of policy, both the United States and Japan try to reduce occurrences of human injury and death due to medical error. Health officials in both countries realize that to develop any successful ...More
    December 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • CDC Director Issues Statement Regarding World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2006
    ATLANTA – The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, has issued the following statement regarding World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2006: “More than 25 years into the AIDS epidemic, we've made important progress against the ...More
    November 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • Congress Must Not Fail U.S. HIV/AIDS Patients, HIV Experts Say
    As World AIDS Day approaches, Congress may adjourn without renewing the largest set of programs for HIV/AIDS care and services in the United States. The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) is calling on Congress to pass a stalled bill reauthorizing the Ryan White CARE Act, and ...More
    November 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • Improving the Cleaning Process for Flexible Endoscopes
    “A SCOPE can be used anywhere from 300 to 1,200 times a year. The question is, can we be guaranteed that the scope has been processed appropriately each of those times?” “BASED upon the AAMI standards that are in place today, the scale of measurement here after instruments ...More
  • THE SPD’S GROUND ZERO
    BY NOW NEARLY EVERYONE IN THE HEALTHCARE FIELD UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF STERILIZATION TO ENSURE THAT INSTRUMENTS REMAIN SAFE AND PATIENTS AREN’T HARMED BY THEM. HOWEVER, WHO ASSURES THAT STERILIZATION IS DONE CORRECTLY? ARE THERE NEW TOOLS TO ASSIST IN THIS? “Proper ...More
    November 30, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Calendar
    DECEMBER 2006 1 World AIDS DaySponsored by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) www.unaids.org/en/default.asp 5-711th Congress on Infectious DiseasesKimberly-Clark corporate headquarters Roswell, Ga.http://www.aorn.org/events/infect_diseases/ JANUARY 2007 ...More
    November 30, 2006 Posted in Articles