• Single-Use Blood Collection Devices Help Ensure Safety of Patients and Healthcare Workers
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a global medical technology company and leader in patient and healthcare worker safety-engineered devices and technologies, commends the National Phlebotomy Association (NPA) for reaffirming its opposition to the reuse of ...More
    July 27, 2005 Posted in News
  • APIC and CIDRAP Launch New Information Service
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- An innovative new service that provides timely infectious disease information from around the world is being offered by the foremost experts in infection prevention and control. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology ...More
    July 27, 2005 Posted in News
  • Finding Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Sooner, Faster
    If 25 people eating at a single banquet hall became sick and needed hospitalization, determining the cause could be as easy as checking the dinner menu. But if those same people were scattered across 20 states and became ill after eating food processed at a single site, ...More
    July 27, 2005 Posted in News
  • New Study: Sexually Transmitted Disease Treatment Can be Effectively Administered by Sex Partners
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Effective control of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) requires treatment of the sexual partners of infected patients. A new study shows that providing infected men with antibiotics to give their partners is more effective than traditional means of ...More
    July 27, 2005 Posted in News
  • Biological and Silver Dressings Lead Growth in $1.5 Billion Burn Market
    NEW YORK -- The world market for products to treat burn wounds stands at more than $1.5 billion and will surpass the $2 billion mark in the next few years, according to a new study released today from Kalorama Information. Leading the growth in burn care are several market ...More
    July 26, 2005 Posted in News
  • A Key to Slowing the Flu Bug: Making Sure Kids Get Their Vaccinations
    Flu immunizations are not only important for elders and the chronically ill but also for children, who are frequently responsible for spreading the virus, says Dr. Octavio Ramilo, associate professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "By focusing on ...More
    July 26, 2005 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Summer May End, but Not the Menace of West Nile Virus
    The end of summer heat doesn't mean the end of the mosquito menace, which carries with it the potential for the West Nile virus. This year, the disease has crept across most of the West Coast. "Children seem to be at decreased risk for contracting the virus as compared to ...More
    July 26, 2005 Posted in News
  • Why a Vaccine for Meningitis?
    No matter how many scholarships and grants a student has under his or her belt, the freshman year of college always ends up costing more than expected. With the price of textbooks, the cost of housing and the expenses involved in getting from home to school and back on a ...More
    July 26, 2005 Posted in News
  • Childhood Immunization Rates Surpass “Healthy People 2010” Goal
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that the nation's childhood immunization coverage rates continue at record high levels, with about 81 percent of the nation's 19-to-35-month-old children receiving all the vaccinations in the recommended ...More
    July 26, 2005 Posted in News
  • Quality Measures Need to be Field-Tested, Researchers Find
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A group of researchers has developed a set of "quality indicators" to measure the quality of antibiotic use in hospitalized patients with lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) by combining scientific evidence with expert opinion, according to an ...More
    July 26, 2005 Posted in News