• UCSF Leads Study on the Role of the Nurse in Patient Care and Safety
    A team of researchers led by University of California San Francisco (UCSF) nursing professor Mary Blegen, RN, PhD, has launched a two-year study to measure nursing quality in acute inpatient units. UCSF's study is one of nine projects nationwide funded by a grant from the ...More
    October 17, 2006 Posted in News
  • A Salute to ICPs Everywhere
    With International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) now underway through Sunday, Oct. 22, I’d like to salute all the passionate, hard-working infection prevention professionals out there. You are the backbone of your facility’s initiatives to protect healthcare worker and ...More
    October 17, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • Study Shows Americans Stockpiled Tamiflu Over Fears of Avian Flu Pandemic
    TORONTO -- Despite cautions to the contrary, news media reporting of avian flu and concerns about pandemic spread were followed by hoarding of the antiviral medication Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) by Americans according to a collaborative study by the Centers for Disease Control ...More
    October 17, 2006 Posted in News
  • Gluten Intolerance Quadruples Susceptibility to Tuberculosis
    People who are gluten intolerant run four times the risk of developing active tuberculosis (TB) infection, suggests research published in the journal Thorax. Gluten intolerance, or celiac disease, is a chronic inflammatory condition of the small bowel, caused by an ...More
    October 17, 2006 Posted in News
  • Novel Toxin Contributes to Severe Group A Streptococcus “Flesh-eating” Infections
    Research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA shows that a novel toxin resembling a snake venom poison contributes to severe group A Streptococcus “flesh-eating” infections. This discovery provides promise for the development of new ...More
    October 17, 2006 Posted in News
  • 59 Hospitals Named to First-Ever 'Leapfrog Top Hospitals' List
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Fifty-nine U.S. hospitals have been named to the first Leapfrog Top Hospitals list, based on today's results from the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, a national rating system that offers a broad assessment of a hospital's quality and safety. ...More
    October 16, 2006 Posted in News
  • ASHES Announces 2007 President at its Annual Conference; Event Boasts Record-Breaking Attendance and Exhibits
    CHICAGO -- The American Society for Healthcaare Environmental Services (ASHES) announces that Rose Hamann, CHESP, director of environmental services and security at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., will serve as the society’s 2007 president. Elected by ASHES’ board of ...More
    October 13, 2006 Posted in News
  • Researchers Refocus Studies on Patients with HIV, Hepatitis
    Dr. Mamta Jain, assistant professor of internal medicine, is involved in several ongoing clinical trials involving HIV patients. The latest study involves whether giving hepatitis C, or HCV, medications early on during HIV disease speeds recovery or improves hepatitis ...More
    October 12, 2006 Posted in News
  • Faster, More Accurate Tuberculosis Test is Developed
    Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Imperial College London, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, in Lima, Peru, and other institutions have developed a simple and rapid new tuberculosis (TB) test. The test, called ...More
    October 11, 2006 Posted in News
  • International Infection Prevention Week is Commemorated Across the U.S.
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Thousands of infection prevention and control professionals throughout the world will participate in week-long activities commemorating International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) being held October 16-22, 2006, highlighting their daily dedication to ...More
    October 11, 2006 Posted in News