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  • FDA Approves Second-Generation Smallpox Vaccine
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has licensed a new vaccine to protect against smallpox, a highly contagious disease with the potential to be used as a deadly bioterror weapon. The vaccine, ACAM2000, is intended for the inoculation of people at high risk of exposure ...More
    September 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • Flu Shots Can Prevent Many Visits to the Doctor During Flu Season
    Vaccinating children against the influenza virus will help prevent many outpatient visits and hospitalizations due to the flu, according to a recent study published in the September issue of Pediatrics by a pediatrician at Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest ...More
    September 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • Researchers Investigate Evolving Malaria Resistance
    Funded by a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), scientists at Binghamton University, State University of New York, hope to understand how the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum evolved resistance to the once-effective medication chloroquine. ...More
    September 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • One-Fourth of HIV Patients Believe Their Doctors Stigmatize Them
    Physicians might want to be extra careful about how they treat HIV-infected patients —not just in the clinical sense but in the way they behave toward them. Even the perception that physicians are stigmatizing patients for carrying the virus that causes AIDS can discourage ...More
    September 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • Touch-Free Technology Combats Germs in the Hospital Washroom
    Research published earlier this year in the American Journal of Medical Quality indicates that infections acquired by patients in hospitals are most often caused by poor hygiene practices in the healthcare facility, not from how ill patients were when they entered the ...More
    September 1, 2007 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • An Industry Waits in Anticipation
    Members of the infection control community have expected the official release of an updated set of guidelines on disinfection and sterilization since June 2007, but an ostensibly innocuous-looking formula has stalled the progress of this Centers for Disease Control and ...More
  • ICT calendar
    Send your event information for publication to Kelly Pyrek at kpyrek@vpico.com. SEPTEMBER 2007 9-15National Healthcare Environmental Services & Housekeeping Week www.ashes.org 15-18American Society for Healthcare Central Service Professionals (ASHCSP) annual meeting St. ...More
    September 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Q & A on Gloves’ Role in Infection Prevention
    ICT sat down with Brian R. Palmer, product manager for gloves at Medline Industries, Inc., to discuss pertinent issues relating to the role that glove usage plays in infection prevention and control efforts. Q: How does the proper usage of gloves protect healthcare workers ...More
  • Biofilm Battling
    As if infection control practitioners (ICPs) and their colleagues didn’t have enough to worry about, research is exposing more about yet another foe caregivers must fight: biofilm. Microorganisms attach to living and nonliving surfaces — including medical devices — and form ...More
    September 1, 2007 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Stopping Germs in Their Tracks
    You’re an infection control practitioner, but you’re also a healthcare consumer who wants to stay abreast of news and information to keep yourself and your family safe from infections. You’re also a healthcare professional charged with educating colleagues in other ...More
    September 1, 2007 Posted in Articles, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene