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  • Technician in Hepatitis Case is Sentenced to 20 Years
    The New York Times is reporting that Kristen D. Parker, 26, a former hospital surgical technician who may have infected dozens of surgical patients with hepatitis C by stealing their pain medication and swapping back needles contaminated by the virus she carried pleaded ...More
    September 28, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Understanding the Flu Vaccine
    David P. Calfee, MD, infection control officer at Mount Sinai Medical Center, recently discussed the flu vaccine:Q: What is the seasonal flu shot?A: The seasonal flu shot is given annually and protects against three common viruses, one influenza A (H3N2) virus, one regular ...More
    September 25, 2009 Posted in News
  • Alcavis HD Offers Flu Kit
    Alcavis HDC, a leader in infection control, now offers a convenient kit to reduce the risks of spreading the H1N1 influenza and influenza A viruses in healthcare facilities.  The Personnel Protection Flu Kit is a portable, latex-free package of critical-use items, ...More
    September 25, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Engineers Track Bacteria's Paddle-Like Motion for First Time
    Yale University engineers have for the first time observed and tracked E. coli bacteria moving in a liquid medium with a motion similar to that of a kayak paddle.Their findings, which appear online September 29 in the journal Physical Review Letters, will help lead to a ...More
    September 25, 2009 Posted in News
  • Simple Hygienic Measures Can Help Prevent Respiratory Illness
    In a new study published this month in the British Medical Journal, researchers sought to review the evidence of effectiveness of physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses. The researchers culled data from a number of sources for their ...More
  • H1N1 Flu: Are Parents Underestimating Risk to Kids?
    With schools back in session, H1N1 flu has become more active across the United States—especially among children. A new vaccine against H1N1 flu—strongly recommended for kids—has been tested and is expected to be available in October. But will parents get ...More
    September 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Nominations for HLAC Board of Directors to Open Oct. 1
    The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) will begin accepting nominations on Oct. 1, 2009 for its board of directors. Per the HLAC bylaws, each year four positions are elected or re-elected to the board of directors. Board seats are categorized into four classes: ...More
    September 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • HIV Vaccine Study First to Show Some Effectiveness in Preventing HIV
    A Phase III clinical trial involving more than 16,000 adult volunteers in Thailand has demonstrated that an investigational HIV vaccine regimen was safe and modestly effective in preventing HIV infection. According to final results released by the trial sponsor, the U.S. ...More
    September 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Are You Ready for the Next Influenza Outbreak?
    Conflicting reports in the media have healthcare professionals wondering exactly what this year’s influenza season will bring – a pandemic of novel H1N1 flu or a mild seasonal outbreak. In late August, the media seized upon a presidential advisory panel report ...More
    September 24, 2009 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Putting a Pandemic in Perspective
    A USA Today headline reads, “Flu could kill 90,000 Americans this year.” Obviously, sophisticated computer models have been used to make projections of morbidity and mortality related to the two flu viruses expected to circulate this season. Some say it is a ...More
    September 24, 2009 Posted in Articles