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  • Processing Reusable Textiles in Healthcare Standards Open for Public Comment
    The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) has opened its accreditation standards for public comment June 1 to July 31. The standards document titled, “Accreditation Standards for Processing Reusable Textiles for Use In Healthcare Facilities,” was first ...More
    April 20, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Contamination from Dirty Gloves in the OR
    An ICT reader comments, “I work in the OR and I am constantly so frustrated with scrub personnel and surgeons contaminating our clean OR environment with their dirty gloves after surgery.  I once asked a surgical tech to remove her dirty gloves after knee ...More
    April 20, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • TB II
    Tuberculosis has reared its ugly head again... in the San Francisco area, none the less. I was reading the San Francisco Chronicle online yesterday  and saw that a University of California Berkeley student had been diagnosed with TB. A few hundred students and faculty ...More
    April 20, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Three Cheers for DOH Epidemiologists!
    I know the news has featured a barrage of food-safety stories lately, but I encourage you to read just one more article on this topic that is offered up by The New York Times. It will make you want to stand up and cheer for the hard-working epidemiologists working for the ...More
    April 20, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • U.S. Measles Outbreaks Highlight Global Need
    Recent measles cases in four states -- California, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Iowa -- highlight the growing number of unvaccinated adults and children living in the United States as well as the need to control the global spread of the disease.While this highly contagious ...More
    April 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • First Annual World Meningitis Day Gaining National Support
    The first annual World Meningitis Day is April 25, 2009 and is meant to raise awareness and educate Americans about the dangers of contracting the meningococcal disease. "We recognize the dangers of meningitis and the importance of being vaccinated against the disease," ...More
    April 20, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis, HIV Cases Confirmed at VA Hospital
    The Miami Herald is reporting that the VA has identified one patient has tested positive for HIV and seven others for hepatitis C after they underwent colonoscopies at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Miami. To read this news item, CLICK HERE.The Miami VA Healthcare System ...More
    April 20, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • You're Fired!
    By now, many of you have heard about the O.R. Nurse in Wisconsin who was terminated during a surgical procedure? If you haven't, you can find the article by clicking here.Her removal was part of an "immediate" layoff of 90 employees by Madison-based Dean Health System. ...More
    April 16, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Scientists Discover New Chemical Reaction for DNA Production in Bacteria and Viruses
    This is a cartoon diagram of an enzyme, an example of the class of FDTS enzymes. A team of researchers has discovered a new chemical reaction for producing one of the four nucleotides, or building blocks, needed to build DNA. The reaction includes an unusual first ...More
    April 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • NIH Grants Will Strengthen Fight Against HIV/AIDS-Tuberculosis
    The Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health today announced it will award $11.75 million over five years in grants to institutions to strengthen the fight against HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Haiti, Uganda and China and establish a new program in ...More
    April 16, 2009 Posted in News