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  • A Hole in the Theory of Wrapped-Item Sterility
    Mark from New York has this comment and questions: An item was wrapped and sterilized then sent to the operating room for use in a surgical procedure. Upon unwrapping the item it was discovered it had only been wrapped once. No holes are found and the integrity of the ...More
    November 14, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • History of the Flu
    Newsweek.com has an interesting feature about the history of influenza that you may want to check out. The online slideshow, "A History of the Flu," includes a terrific photo of the airborne droplets that are spewed when a person sneezes without covering the ...More
    November 14, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Learn How Bleach Kills Bacteria
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Developed more than 200 years ago and found in households around the world, chlorine bleach is among the most widely used disinfectants, yet scientists never have understood exactly how the familiar product kills bacteria. New research from the ...More
    November 13, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • The Cat's Out of the Bag
    Well, I guess the cat is out of the bag. If you haven't heard, we have recently opened registration to the 3rd Annual ICT Conference on Professional Development. This year's conference is being held February 10-11, 2009. The location, you ask? ONLINE. We've decided that ...More
    November 13, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Study Shows Declining Number of Cases of XDR-TB
    CHICAGO – A new report suggests that the number of cases of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in the U.S. has declined in the past 15 years, but new cases continue to be reported, according to the study published in the Nov. 12 issue of JAMA. The ...More
    November 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Nurses and Smoking: A Deadly Combination
    How many of you infection preventionists out there smoke cigarettes? My mother, the uber-ICP, has been a smoker her entire life, and I suspect she both adopted and maintained the habit to help counter the intense stress levels her work triggered. As a horrified nonsmoker, I ...More
    November 13, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • CDC Issues New Disinfection and Sterilization Guideline
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued its 2008 Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities. To download this guideline, CLICK HERE. ...More
    November 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues New Disinfection and Sterilization Guideline
    The insanely long wait is finally over! The CDC has issued its 2008 Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities. To download this guideline, CLICK HERE. ...More
    November 13, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Mandatory HPV Vaccination is Unwarranted and Unwise, Experts Suggest
    The HPV vaccine, sold as Gardasil in the U.S., is intended to prevent four strains of the human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. The vaccine also prevents against cervical cancer. While the vaccine represents a significant public ...More
    November 12, 2008 Posted in News
  • Germiest Jobs in America
    I couldn’t resist telling you about an article on the 10 germiest jobs in America, with input from our favorite microbiologist, Charles Gerba, PhD, at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Healthcare providers came in at No. 4 on the list, but can you guess who is No. 1? ...More
    November 12, 2008 Posted in Blogs