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  • Is the Recession Compromising Quality?
    In the pages of ICT we’ve talked a lot about the challenges infection preventionists face in terms of their struggle to hold onto staff, funding and resources they need to operate their programs. So I wanted to pass along an interesting tidbit from the University of ...More
    June 10, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Flu’s Evolution Strategy Strikes Perfect Balance
    Scientists have uncovered the flu’s secret formula for effectively evolving within and between host species: balance. The key lies with the flu’s unique replication process, which has evolved to produce enough mutations for the virus to spread and adapt to its ...More
    June 10, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Lapses in Infection Control Practices at ASCs
    An assessment of nearly 70 ambulatory surgical centers in three states found that lapses in infection control were common, including for practices such as hand hygiene, injection and medication safety and equipment reprocessing, according to a study in the June 9 issue of ...More
    June 10, 2010 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • HHS Issues Statement on Recent Study of Infection Control Practices in ASCs
    Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the following statement: "Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare ...More
    June 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • 48 Cases of Salmonellosis Now Associated with Outbreak Linked to Subway Restaurants in Illinois
    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has reported 48 cases of Salmonella ser. Hvittingfoss associated with the ongoing investigation of illnesses among customers who ate at certain Subway restaurants in Illinois. All cases are recovering, of which 17 had been ...More
    June 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Parasite Could Be Summer Beach Pest
    Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have discovered a new sea anemone that is thought to have established itself in Swedish waters. Larvae from similar anemones causes skin problems for sea bathers in the U.S. Researchers at the Department of Marine Ecology at the ...More
    June 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • Microban Helps Medical Manufacturers Address HAIs
    Microban International, a global leader in built-in antimicrobial product protection, announced today a new initiative designed to help medical device manufacturers get to market quicker with antimicrobial solutions for 510(k) registered medical devices used in hospitals ...More
    June 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Examines ICU Outbreak of Staph Aureus With Resistance to Methicillin and Linezolid
    An outbreak of infection due to linezolid and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LRSA) in 12 intensive care unit patients in Spain was associated with transmission within the hospital and extensive usage of the antibiotic linezolid, often used for the treatment of ...More
    June 8, 2010 Posted in News
  • Needlesticks Among Errors Caused by Long Nursing Shifts
    A common practice of successive 12-hour shifts for U.S. hospital nurses leaves many with serious sleep deprivation, higher risk of health problems, and more odds of making patient errors, according to a University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) study presented today at the ...More
    June 8, 2010 Posted in News
  • Getting from Knowledge to Practice
    How do you get from knowledge to practice? That’s the question that has been plaguing clinicians forever. And as an infection preventionist, you have probably struggled daily to translate guidelines and best practices into easy-to-understand knowledge bites for ...More
    June 8, 2010 Posted in Blogs