Hepatitis B and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are potentially fatal infections. Most occupational exposures to these bloodborne illnesses occur among healthcare workers (HCWs). According to the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), more than 8 ...More
  • NAPPSI and ICT
    Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, winner of the 2006 NAPPSI and ICT Primary Prevention Safety Award. Since early 2000, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has been using a variety of sharps safety products hospital-wide with a particular focus on ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • IC Calendar
    AUGUST 2006 1-31 National Immunization Awareness MonthSponsored by the National Partnership for Immunization (703) 836-6110 www.partnersforimmunization.org 8-10 EPI 101 courseSponsored by APIC Westin O’Hare, Rosemont, Ill.www.apic.org 13-16 Association for Healthcare ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Prevention Program of Tomorrow will be Focus of 2007 Futures Summit
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces it will undertake work to articulate the “Infection Prevention Program of Tomorrow” for its third Futures Summit, which will be held in early 2007. “We believe by positioning infection ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • Biomarker Reduces Length of Antibiotic Treatment for CAP
    For hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), lower measurements of procalcitonin, a biomarker of infection, can reduce the length of antibiotic treatment by an average of seven days. The study, which is the first research trial of its kind, appears in ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • FDA Completes Safety Assessment of Ketek; New Safety Information to be Added to Product Labeling
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today completed its safety assessment of Ketek (telithromycin) and is advising health practitioners and patients to be aware of rare but potentially serious health risks. Ketek is the first FDA-approved antibiotic of the ketolide ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • CDC's Advisory Committee Recommends Changes in Varicella Vaccinations
    The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in its meeting in Atlanta today, voted to recommend a second dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine for children 4 to 6 years old to further improve protection ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • Kimberly-Clark Health Care Provides Customers With Latex-Free Glove Alternatives
    ROSWELL, Ga. ­- Kimberly-Clark Health Care announced today that it will be shifting the production of exam gloves from latex to synthetic alternatives over the next four to 18 months. The company made this business decision in support of the growing customer demand for ...More
    June 28, 2006 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Outbreak of Fungal Eye Infections Among Contact Lens Wearers in Singapore is Reported
    Researchers in Singapore have reported an outbreak of Fusarium keratitis (a fungal infection of the cornea) associated with soft contact lens wear and linked with use of certain contact lens cleaning solutions, according to an article in the June 28, 2006 issue of JAMA. ...More
    June 28, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Researchers are Rejoicing
    Public health research just received an enormous financial shot in the arm with the announcement that Warren Buffett is gifting $31 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to assist the non-profit’s mission to eradicate the most fatal diseases on earth. Among the ...More
    June 27, 2006 Posted in Blogs