• Travelers Should Beware of Mosquitoes, Dengue Fever
    If your travel plans include a Caribbean cruise or another tropical destination, the August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter offers a convincing reason to pack the mosquito repellant -- dengue fever. Certain mosquitoes spread dengue fever, a severe flu-like illness that ...More
    August 2, 2004 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2004: OR Topics
    Instrument Tracking Systems: Exploring the Potential Benefits By Kris Ellis The flow of surgical instruments between the operating room (OR) and the sterile processing department (SPD) is a process that is in constant motion in most hospitals. In order to perform operations ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2004: Product Locator
    Inceptio Medical Technologies PunctSURE is a patented, portable ultrasound device designed to help clinicians visually locate and identify veins and arteries for precise needle placement before attempting vessel cannulation. The PunctSURE system features real-time procedure ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2004: The Scope Scare
    The Scope Scare By John Roark and Kathy Dix News running in the New York Times and posted on CNN.com sent a shiver through the public consciousness when a story was released that North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., may have exposed patients to HIV and ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2004: The Facts
    The Facts: Wet Packs and Plastic Accessory Cases By Nancy Chobin, RN, CSPDM; David Furr; and An Nuyttens Introduction In the sterile processing community, there is a perception that plastic reusable instrument cases and trays have a greater tendency to experience wet pack ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2004: Clinical Update
    No Crying Over Spilt Blood Managing Fluid Waste Disposal By Kathy Dix It’s 7 p.m. A surgeon has just completed a very bloody procedure. There’s a tremendous amount of blood and other body fluids to dispose of. How can you best rid your facility of this mess, while keeping ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2004: References
    August References “NO CRYING OVER SPILT BLOOD: MANAGING FLUID WASTE DISPOSAL,” BY KATHY DIX, PAGE 10 1. http://www.epa.gov/owm/mtb/cwns/1996rtc/glossary.htm “THE FACTS: WET PACKS AND PLASTIC ACCESSORY CASES,” BY NANCY CHOBIN, RN, CSPDM; DAVID FURR, AND AN NUYTTENS, PAGE 24. ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2004: Splish Splash
    Splish Splash What’s Taking a Bath in Your Hospital’s Water System? By John Roark Legionella pneumophila, Aspergillus fumigatus, and Clostridium difficile are on the most-wanted list of airborne and waterborne pathogens. Will we ever really have them contained? Every ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Experts Warn It’s Prime Time for Lyme Disease
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As outdoor recreational activities reach their peak during the summer months, more U.S. residents will be exposed to the risk of contracting Lyme disease. The prime season for Lyme disease-bearing ticks is generally mid-July through September. During the ...More
    July 30, 2004 Posted in News
  • APIC Warns That Whooping Cough is on the Rise Among Teenagers
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Whooping cough, a highly contagious and debilitating respiratory disease, is on the rise among teenagers, cautions Jeanne Pfeiffer, RN, MPH, CIC, president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). A preliminary ...More
    July 30, 2004 Posted in News