• How to Use an Alcohol-Based Handrub
    How to Use an Alcohol-Based Handrub Hand hygiene is the single most important action that can help reduce the spread of infection in hospitals. However, some 2 million healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) occur each year accounting for nearly 90,000 deaths annually. ...More
  • How to Evaluate and Select MICROFIBER MOPS
    How to Evaluate and Select MICROFIBER MOPS The Next Generation of Microfiber Flat Mops In the last few years, new technologies and systems improvements have been developed to provide for more efficient and productive ways of cleaning. It is interesting to note, however, ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • JCAHO Hails Enactment of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005
    OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) today hailed the enactment of federal patient safety legislation that will encourage the voluntary reporting of medical errors, serious adverse events, and their underlying ...More
    July 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • Bush Signs Patient Safety Legislation
    President George Bush has signed into law a bill that will create a national database on medical errors, designate individual reports as confidential, and protect healthcare providers from liability. The bill passed the House Wednesday and the Senate last week. Chip Kahn, ...More
    July 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • FDA Announces Final Decision About Antimicrobial Drug Used to Treat Bacterial Infections in Poultry
    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Lester Crawford announces the agency's final decision to no longer allow distribution or use of the antimicrobial drug enrofloxacin for the purpose of treating bacterial infections in poultry. This ruling does not affect other ...More
    July 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • Mayo Clinic Researchers Find Cause of Chronic Sinus Infections
    Mayo Clinic researchers have found that the cause of chronic sinus infections lies in the nasal mucus, not in the nasal and sinus tissue targeted by standard treatment. The findings will be published in the August issue of Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. “This ...More
    July 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • Malaria Mechanism Revealed
    By determining the molecular structure of a protein that enables malaria parasites to invade red blood cells, researchers have uncovered valuable clues for rational antimalarial drug design and vaccine development. The findings were reported in the July 29 issue of the ...More
    July 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • Critical Step Traced in Anthrax Infection
    Scientists at Harvard Medical School (HMS) have revealed details of a key step in the entry of anthrax toxin into human cells. The work, which grew out of an ongoing effort to produce a better anthrax therapeutic, shows that the protective antigen component of the bacterial ...More
    July 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • Highly Active Antiretrovirals for HIV Can Substantially Reduce AIDS Rates
    Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for HIV-infected individuals could reduce the rate of progression to AIDS or death by 86 percent when compared with no treatment, concludes an article in this week’s issue of The Lancet. HAART is a combination of at least three ...More
    July 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Simple Hospital Reminder System can Reduce Urinary Catheter Use, Cutting Both Risk of Infection and Cost
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Millions of hospital patients could be spared the humiliation and infection risk that come with a urine-collecting catheter, a new study finds, if hospitals used a simple reminder system to prompt doctors to remove the devices after two days. About 25 ...More
    July 29, 2005 Posted in News