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  • Improving the Detection of Foodborne Pathogens
    Since the Jack-in-the-Box outbreak in 1993, food contamination continues to dominate the headlines. On June 28, a Colorado meat company agreed to expand a recall of beef due to possible contamination with the bacteria E. coli 0157.H7. Both the company and the U.S. ...More
    June 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Detector Promises Earlier Detection of Viral Infections
    Biomedical engineer Rick Haselton, left, and chemist David Wright have developed an ultrasensitive new detector for respiratory viral infections. Photo by Steve Green, Vanderbilt University   A Vanderbilt chemist and a biomedical engineer have teamed up to develop ...More
    June 29, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Deaths of American Icons Raise Health Awareness
    I’m convinced that celebrities do more for the awareness of health issues than anything else. When you have the high-profile illnesses of people such as Patrick Swayze and deaths of someone like Farrah Fawcett – and now Michael Jackson – it gets people ...More
    June 26, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Implant Bacteria, Beware: Researchers Create Nano-Sized Assassins
    Staphylococcus epidermidis is quite an opportunist. Commonly found on human skin, the bacteria pose little danger. But S. epidermidis is a leading cause of infections in hospitals. From catheters to prosthetics, the bacteria are known to hitch a ride on a range of medical ...More
    June 26, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • A Penny for Your Prions
    North CarolinaStateUniversity researchers have discovered a link between copper and the normal functioning of prion proteins, which are associated with transmissible spongiform encephalopathy diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob in humans or "mad cow" disease in cattle. Their ...More
    June 25, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Handwashing with 4 Percent CHG Antiseptic Kills Flu Viruses
    Handwashing with a 4 percent chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) antiseptic handwashing product is one effective way to stop the spread of the H1N1 influenza virus.Hibiclens Antiseptic/Antimicrobial Skin Cleanser and Hibistat Healthcare Personnel Hand Antiseptic Towelettes have ...More
    June 25, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • IAHCSMM Appoints Deputy Executive Director
    The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) has created a deputy executive director position and has hired Denise (Dee) M. Jones to fill the new role. As deputy executive director, Jones will assume a supportive role under ...More
    June 25, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Hospitals Join Forces to Improve ICU Care
    Hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are working together to improve care in the intensive care unit (ICU). Critical care is expensive, with ICU costs representing more than 20 percent of a hospital’s total operating costs. To help hospitals accelerate the pace of ...More
    June 25, 2009 Posted in News
  • Simple Measures May Prevent Transmission of H. pylori
    The stomach ulcer bacterium Helicobacter pylori is not transmitted through drinking water as previously thought, but rather through vomit and possibly feces, according to new research  from the Sahlgrenska Academy. The researchers say that it is therefore possible to ...More
    June 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission Offers Seasonal Flu Immunization Strategies
    Seasonal influenza in healthcare workers is a personal health threat, but also poses a significant risk to the patients in their care.  In an effort to help healthcare organizations improve the rate of healthcare worker influenza vaccinations, The Joint Commission is ...More
    June 24, 2009 Posted in News