• Fall, Flu, and Fowl
    Another season, another flu shot; so it usually goes when the leaves start to turn. But this year, we’re facing a special treat, as Air Avian threatens to land in a passage or duct near you…and you…and you. Our feathered friends are typically exposed to the greater risk, ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Fomites and Infection Transmission
    In a systematic review of the literature, German researchers explored the ability of infectious organisms to survive on inanimate surfaces.1 They found that most gram-positive bacteria, including vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus ...More
  • Calendar
    NOVEMBER 2006 7-9 EPI 101 courseSponsored by APIC Westin Atlanta North, Atlanta www.apic.org 12-18 Perioperative Nurse Week 2006www.aorn.org 16-18 Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)’s 20th Annual National Conference on Quality and ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
    Because occupational health addresses a broad continuum of topics, infection control practitioners (ICPs) and staff educators must ensure that the healthcare workers (HCWs) at their facility are fully aware of the risks associated with the day-to-day aspects of their jobs. ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Combating Antimicrobial Resistance
    Multi-drug resistant organisms aren’t going away. The impact of these pathogens continues to be felt throughout healthcare facilities of all kinds, and their presence in local communities is more and more widespread. The battle to minimize their impact is waged on many ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Eradicating MRSA, Making a Business Case for Infection Prevention Top the To-Do List for ICPs
    It has been a very busy year for the infection prevention and control community; its members have continued to watch for signs of an impending avian influenza pandemic; they have continued to lobby and prepare for mandatory reporting of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Disinfection and Sterilization Update
    ICT speaks with experts charged with streamlining disinfection and sterilization practices to take a look at what’s new today and what to watch for in 2007 and beyond. Associations such as the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management ...More
  • Best Practices in Maintaining the Sterile Field
    Let’s face it, maintaining a sterile field is no easy task. The definition of “sterile” — the absence of all living microorganisms — is in itself about as far-reaching as it can get. But combine that with a room full of organism-laden people, surfaces, instruments, and ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • A Conference Tailor-Made for You
    There’s a lot to talk about this month, so let’s start with a tip of the hat to all those hard-working individuals out there during the 2006 Infection Prevention Week, Oct. 16-22, 2006. International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is an annual event that shines the ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Cleaning and Disinfection Update
    The fact that hospitals continually see an influx of coughing, sneezing, sick patients ensures that cleaning and disinfection throughout the facility will always be necessary. New concerns regarding methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant ...More