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  • Florida Vets May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis and HIV From Contaminated Scopes
    CNN is reporting today that thousands of veterans in Florida may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV due to contaminated scopes and other equipment after receiving colonoscopies at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. To read more from CNN.com, CLICK HERE. The ...More
    March 25, 2009 Posted in News
  • Biologists Discover a Protein Link to Wound Healing
    By Kim McDonaldDiabetes and eczema may appear to be two completely unrelated diseases, but UC San Diego biologists have uncovered what appears to be a crucial biochemical link between the two.The scientists report in the March 26 issue of the journal Nature their discovery ...More
    March 25, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find New Way to Battle MRSA
    Experts from Queen's University Belfast have developed new agents to fight methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other hospital-acquired infections that are resistant to antibiotics. The fluids are a class of ionic liquids that not only kill colonies of ...More
    March 25, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Protein May Help Lower Infection Deaths in Dialysis
    Higher levels of an antimicrobial protein regulated by vitamin D appears to significantly reduce the risk of death from infection in dialysis patients, according to a study in Clinical Infectious Diseases.The human cathelicidin antimicrobial protein, or hCAP18, is part of ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Use of Antibacterial Linked With Reduced Risk of Catheter-Related Infections
    For critically ill patients in intensive care units, use of a sponge containing the antimicrobial agent chlorhexidine gluconate as part of the dressing for catheters reduced the risk of major catheter-related infections, according to a study in the March 25 issue of JAMA. ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Improved Preparedness for Disease Outbreaks and Bioterror
    A federal program designed to help metropolitan public health agencies prepare to deliver essential medicines to the public after a large-scale bioterror attack or natural disease outbreak has succeeded in improving the level of readiness, according to a new RAND ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antimicrobial Catheter to Cut Infection Risk for Dialysis Patients
    Medical experts at the University of Nottingham have shown that an innovative antimicrobial catheter could vastly improve treatment and the quality of life for many community-based dialysis patients.Results of a study published in the leading journal Biomaterials, have ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Data Show TB-HIV Co-Infection a Bigger Threat
    The World Health Organization has released new data about the threat of tuberculosis and the toll it takes on people with HIV/AIDS today, in recognition of World TB Day. The TB-HIV co-infection crisis is twice as big as previously thought, the new WHO figures show. In 2007, ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Why Aren't ICPs Following Evidence-Based Practices?
    Frank from Kentucky writes, “Here is a question for the infection control practitioners out there: We are all aware that Medicare will at some point withhold payment to hospitals for patients who develop a hospital-acquired catheter-associated urinary tract infection ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • American Lung Association Recognizes 2009 World TB Day
    Stephen J. Nolan, chairman of the American Lung Association, made the following statement today:  “One hundred and five years after Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau founded our health organization and dedicated it to eradicating tuberculosis (TB), the American Lung ...More
    March 24, 2009 Posted in News