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  • Educational Materials Available During International Clean Hands Week
    The American Cleaning Institute is offering free informational materials on hand hygiene for parents, educators and healthcare professionals during International Clean Hands Week, Sept. 19-25, 2010. Tips, fact sheets, brochures and research can be found on ACI’s Web site at ...More
    September 21, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • CDI May Be a Regional Challenge
    Researchers from the Prevention Epicenters Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that increasing Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) rates could suggest that it is a regional problem and not merely a challenge isolated to a single healthcare ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Postoperative High Blood Sugar Appears to be Associated With SSIs
    High blood glucose levels after surgery may be an important risk factor for infection at the surgical site in patients having general surgery, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Surgery. Surgical site infection accounts for 14 percent to 17 percent ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Canadian Infection Preventionists Invited to Nominate Their Champions
    In collaboration with 3M Canada, the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association (CHICA-Canada) has developed the Champions of Infection Prevention and Control Award. The first recipient of the award was Dr. Mary Vearncombe, who was presented with the honor at the ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Save the Date for the 2011 ICT Conference
    ICT invites infection preventionists from all disciplines to earmark their calendar for Feb. 15-16, 2011 for the fifth annual ICT Virtual Event, a professional development conference that is completely virtual and online. The 2010 conference drew more than 5,400 ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Discovery of Molecule That Makes Pneumonia Worse Could Lead to Ways of Treating Infection
    A structural molecule and the cellular pump that regulates its levels influence the severity of pneumonia and could provide new ways of treating the lung infection, which is a leading cause of hospitalization and death, according to scientists at the University of ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Iowa Sets HAI-Reduction Targets for the Coming Year
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) are partnering with nearly 70 acute care Iowa hospitals to measure and reduce two preventable healthcare-associated infections over the next year. The HAI prevention targets include a 25 ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Linking Patient Home Address Data to Hospital Databases Helps Differentiate Infections
    Residential address is a common element in patient electronic medical records. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) specify that residence in a nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or hospice within a year prior to a positive culture date ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Plague Researchers Race to Beat Bioterrorists
    Given the many pressing concerns of the day, fear of plague probably isn’t what causes most Americans to lose sleep. But for those whose responsibility it is to combat bioterrorism, plague is among the highest priorities. Those charged with that mission include scientists ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News
  • Elderly May Not Benefit From TB Vaccines in Development
    Elderly people might not benefit from some of the tuberculosis vaccines currently in development, recent research suggests.Some vaccines under study are designed to activate a specific molecule that is an early participant in the immune response against TB in young people. ...More
    September 20, 2010 Posted in News