• Infection Control Today - 08/2004: Clinical Update
    No Crying Over Spilt Blood Managing Fluid Waste Disposal By Kathy Dix It’s 7 p.m. A surgeon has just completed a very bloody procedure. There’s a tremendous amount of blood and other body fluids to dispose of. How can you best rid your facility of this mess, while keeping ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2004: References
    August References “NO CRYING OVER SPILT BLOOD: MANAGING FLUID WASTE DISPOSAL,” BY KATHY DIX, PAGE 10 1. http://www.epa.gov/owm/mtb/cwns/1996rtc/glossary.htm “THE FACTS: WET PACKS AND PLASTIC ACCESSORY CASES,” BY NANCY CHOBIN, RN, CSPDM; DAVID FURR, AND AN NUYTTENS, PAGE 24. ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2004: Splish Splash
    Splish Splash What’s Taking a Bath in Your Hospital’s Water System? By John Roark Legionella pneumophila, Aspergillus fumigatus, and Clostridium difficile are on the most-wanted list of airborne and waterborne pathogens. Will we ever really have them contained? Every ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Experts Warn It’s Prime Time for Lyme Disease
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As outdoor recreational activities reach their peak during the summer months, more U.S. residents will be exposed to the risk of contracting Lyme disease. The prime season for Lyme disease-bearing ticks is generally mid-July through September. During the ...More
    July 30, 2004 Posted in News
  • APIC Warns That Whooping Cough is on the Rise Among Teenagers
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Whooping cough, a highly contagious and debilitating respiratory disease, is on the rise among teenagers, cautions Jeanne Pfeiffer, RN, MPH, CIC, president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). A preliminary ...More
    July 30, 2004 Posted in News
  • Tuberculosis Prevalence Rates in China Fall 30 Percent After Introduction of the 'DOTS’ Strategy
    GENEVA and MANILA -- An analysis of a decade-long tuberculosis (TB) program in China has revealed that prevalence rates of the disease have fallen substantially since the introduction of the TB control strategy known as 'DOTS' to half of the country's population. DOTS is ...More
    July 30, 2004 Posted in News
  • Nursing Opinion Poll Reveals Pressure Ulcer Prevention Not Seen as a Top Priority
    CARY, Ill. -- In a recent nursing opinion poll, 84 percent of the 191 wound ostomy continence nurses who responded said nurses and technicians did not fully comply with incontinence skin care protocols. The poll was conducted at the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Society’s ...More
    July 30, 2004 Posted in News
  • One in Five Parents Believes Children Lack Proper Hygiene Products in School
    One-third of parents with school age children are sending personal hygiene products along with their kids to school, and 1 in 5 parents believe their children’s school lacks proper hygiene and sanitation supplies. Those are the results of the latest National Cleaning Survey ...More
    July 30, 2004 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Kimberly-Clark Introduces Child's Face Mask
    ROSWELL, Ga. -- In support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s universal respiratory etiquette strategy, Kimberly-Clark Health Care has introduced a child-size face mask designed specifically to better fit the smaller facial features of children.  ...More
    July 30, 2004 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission Hails Senate Passage of Patient Safety Bill
    OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations this week applauded the U.S. Senate's passage of the bipartisan Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act. "This brings us one step closer to what we hope will become a major ...More
    July 29, 2004 Posted in News