• HAIs and SSIs:
    HAIs and SSIs: National Initiatives Aim to Control These Killers By Kelly M. Pyrek The move toward mandatory reporting of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) is just one way that transparency of healthcare delivery and increased accountability on the part of healthcare ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • When Does Your SPD Need Help?
    When Does Your SPD Need Help? By Kent A. Pedersen How do you recognize when it is time to take a hard look at your sterile processing department (SPD)’s productivity? There are three big indicators that your SPD may be in trouble. The No. 1 indicator that problems are on ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today
    Types of Gloves by Denise M. Korniewicz, DNSc, RN, FA In an effort to reduce occupational exposure to Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and other bloodborne pathogens, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) established a mandate ...More
  • Leadership Transitions in AORN
    Leadership Transitions in AORN By Paula Graling, RN, MSN, CNOR, CNS, and Sharon McNamara, RN, MS, CNOR Leading a national specialty association of 40,000 members like the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) requires a collaborative leadership model to meet ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • The New Standard for Barrier Surgical Gowns and Drapes
    The New Standard for Barrier Surgical Gowns and Drapes What It Means to the Infection Control Practitioner By Nathan L. Belkin, PhD How it All Began From the time that an operating room gown first became a part of the surgeon’s armamentarium, its primary purpose was to ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Control Today: the last word
    Humanizing HAIs and Infection ControlBy Allen Soden“Infection control will really only make sense to people when it becomes about humans and not about incomprehensible statistics and invisible bugs.” This insight originated with a dinner companion during the ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: pandemicals
    By Roger P. Freeman, DDS Napoleon Got a Lousy Break! How could the little guy have suspected, when he invaded Russia in 1812 with a half of a million men strong, he would lose nearly onethird of his troops to something even smaller, the common, er... louse. Lice are ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Women’s High Heart-Surgery Death Rate May be Due to Infection
    For years, experts have puzzled over the fact that women who have heart bypass surgery are far more likely than their male counterparts to die within days or weeks of their operation. This gender gap means many “extra” female deaths among the 270,000 Americans who have ...More
    February 27, 2006 Posted in News
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health Continues to Monitor Anthrax Case; Patient's Status Changed to Serious Due to Respiratory Difficulties
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Calvin Johnson said today that while the public health threat to the Mansfield community in Pennsylvania is minimal as a result of an apparently accidental anthrax incident earlier this week, the department ...More
    February 27, 2006 Posted in News
  • Study Shows AIDS Drugs Cost-Effective, Care Underfunded
    New research shows that highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is very cost-effective, despite the high price tag. However, the study also shows that reimbursement to physicians treating patients with HIV is critically low, threatening patients' access to care. The ...More
    February 27, 2006 Posted in News