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  • Infection Prevention: Role Evolves but Resources, Funding Remain Static
    A number of studies that address the performance and viability of infection prevention and control programs agree that not only is the profession evolving, but the demands placed upon them are increasing dramatically, without commensurate increases in resources and funding. ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Resolutions, anyone?
    OK, one holiday down and a couple more to go... . 2008 is winding down, and with the state of the economy and the housing situation, it might be hard to think about what lay ahead for 2009. I am already in this mode, and I know there is still another holiday ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • What's in a Name? The Face of Infection Prevention
    For more than two decades I have worked in a discipline of disease prevention where the goal was to create a safe environment for employees, patients, visitors and volunteers. Infection control practitioners created policies and practices designed to prevent the ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Instrument Cleaning, Repair and Handling
    Infection Control Today sought industry input on the issue of instrument cleaning, handling, repair and processing and received several varied responses. The recommendations from these representatives can save facilities thousands of dollars, since a well-cared-for ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Green Disinfectants and Pathogenic Organisms
    Scores of environmentally preferable cleaning products have recently become available in the janitorial marketplace. In fact, just about every type of cleaning product used on a regular basis, including glass cleaners, floor care strippers, sealers and finishes, carpet care ...More
  • Experimental TB Drug Explodes Bacteria from the Inside Out
    An international team of biochemists has discovered how an experimental drug unleashes its destructive force inside the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB). The finding could help scientists develop ways to treat dormant TB infections, and suggests a strategy for drug ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Drugs Against MRSA, Other Superbugs Still Lacking
    Infectious disease experts warn that new drugs are urgently needed to treat six drug-resistant bacteria that cause most hospital infections and increasingly escape the effects of antibiotics.The ESKAPE pathogens -- as these six bad bugs have been dubbed -- are still on the ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Long-Lasting Cold Symptoms May Be Sinusitis
    If your stuffy nose and headache last for more than two weeks, it may be more serious than a cold. Winter is prime season for sinusitis, as the condition most often results from the common cold. Allergy sufferers are also more likely to develop sinusitis.An estimated 31 ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Dousing Ourselves in Alcohol Hand Gels
    Alcohol-based hand antiseptic products have saturated the marketplace, but some experts are wondering if this ubiquitous hand hygiene product has replaced traditional soap-and-water handwashing. In its 2002 hand hygiene guideline, the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Winter Brings Flu, Summer Brings Bacterial Infections
    In the same way that winter is commonly known to be  "flu season," a new study suggests that the dog days of summer may well be the "bacterial infection" season.Researchers have discovered that serious infections caused by gram-negative bacteria can go up as much as 17 ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News