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  • Scientists Isolate Compound in Human Saliva that Speeds Wound Healing
    A report by scientists from The Netherlands published online in the FASEB Journal identifies a compound in human saliva that greatly speeds wound healing. This research may offer hope to people suffering from chronic wounds related to diabetes and other disorders, as well ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Hurricane Preparedness Survey Reveals Public Health Worries
    BOSTON-- Three years after Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of the Gulf Coast, a new survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health Project on the Public and Biological Security shows that one-third (34 percent) of those affected by the storm report they are very ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Suspect Omega-3 Fatty Acids Could Slow Acute-Wound Healing
    By Emily Caldwell COLUMBUS, Ohio – A recent study shows that popular fish oil supplements have an effect on the healing process of small, acute wounds in human skin. But whether that effect is detrimental, as researchers initially suspected, remains a mystery.The ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Going Touchless is a High-Tech Solution to Hand Hygiene Compliance
    While handwashing compliance among healthcare workers (HCWs) and allied staff remains notoriously low in numerous hospitals, perhaps it’s time to realize that their behavior as “civilians” when not on the job may have a lot to do with it. Recent surveys ...More
  • When Hand Hygiene Isn't Second Nature, the Machines Do the Work
    A good portion of our publication deals with hand hygiene... how to do it, how to convince people to do it, and why it’s so critical. Yet this fundamental step in infection prevention seems to be ignored so often in hospitals, it’s epidemic. There are some ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • 2.5 Billion Live with Poor Sanitation Facilities
    NEW YORK/GENEVA -- Every day, over 2.5 billion people suffer from a lack of access to improved sanitation and nearly 1.2 billion practice open defecation, the riskiest sanitary practice of all, according to a report issued last week by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Germs Under Foot Confirmed
    A Nevada television station reporter tested two Las Vegas homes for various kinds of disease-causing bacteria, swabbing tile floors, carpeted areas, the soles of shoes, and even the family pet’s paws. The samples were taken to the Silver State Analytical Labs and ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • How to Differentiate Between Professional-Grade Antiseptic Products?
    I wanted to share the following letter to the editor I received regarding the article, “Is Your Alcohol Handrub as Professional as You Are?” by Jeanne Medvick, BAMT (ASCP), MBA, which appeared in the June issue of ICT: To the Editor:Jeanne Medvick ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Immigrant Visa Vaccination Requirements Tightened
    BALTIMORE -- New vaccine requirements will affect anyone who is applying for an immigrant visa for entry into the U.S. and anyone seeking adjustment of status for permanent residence. Applicants must show proof of vaccinations against vaccine-preventable diseases, as ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Association for Vascular Access Hosts Webinar on “Building a Better Bundle”
    The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) will host a Webinar, “Building a Better Bundle,” on Aug. 13, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT.  The free Webinar is supported by an educational grant from Ethicon, Inc. and its BIOPATCH® protective Disk with CHG. ...More
    July 23, 2008 Posted in News