• Infection Control Today: IC Business
    Best Practices for Purchasing Managers By Kathy Dix Purchasing managers for the healthcare community face a unique challenge — obtaining the best values possible for the healthcare facility while ensuring that patient safety and infection control issues are kept at the ...More
    July 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Clinical Update
    Waterborne Pathogens: What’s Lurking in Your Facility’s Pipes? By Jennifer Schraag The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nearly 2 million patients contract infections during their stays in U.S. hospitals. Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) in the U.S. ...More
    July 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
    SPECIAL SCOPE CLEANING: Newer Technologies Require Thorough Reprocessing By Kathy Dix Reprocessing earlier models of endoscopes has always been challenging; however, new technologies have introduced even greater burdens on cleaning and decontamination staff. Shekhar Challa, ...More
    July 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Product Locator
    Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) ASP has launched the STERRAD® NX Sterilization System, a new, fast, low-temperature hydrogen peroxide gas plasma system, which enables terminal sterilization of a wide variety of surgical instruments. Instruments such as cameras, light ...More
    July 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Political Prejudice Preventing Progress on Prison Health
    Measures to improve the health of prisoners should be based on evidence not political prejudice, states an editorial in this week’s issue of The Lancet. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) distributed to all European ministries of health a report bringing ...More
    June 30, 2005 Posted in News
  • Urgent Measures Needed to Tackle HIV Epidemic in Moscow
    HIV infection rates in vulnerable groups in Moscow could be between 30 and 120 times higher than those found in the general Russian Federation population, concludes a research letter in this week’s issue of The Lancet. US researchers found high rates of HIV infection and ...More
    June 30, 2005 Posted in News
  • Smoking May Increase the Risk of Tuberculosis Infection
    Smoking may increase the risk of developing tuberculosis infection, show researchers in the journal Thorax. The study involved 2,401 adults from two urban communities in Cape Town, South Africa. Participants were surveyed about their smoking habits and underwent a ...More
    June 30, 2005 Posted in News
  • The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommends Universal Pertussis Booster Vaccination for Adolescents
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The National Partnership for Immunization (NPI) supports the decision of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend universal Tdap (Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine, Adsorbed (Tdap)) ...More
    June 30, 2005 Posted in News
  • NIAID Scientists Unveil Mechanism Behind Resistance to Severe Malaria
    Scientists have discovered why people with a specific type of hemoglobin — the oxygen-carrying molecule that gives red blood cells their color — are less prone to severe malaria. In a series of experiments, the researchers determined how hemoglobin type C impairs the ...More
    June 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • Warning About Global Efforts to Provide Drug Therapies in Developing World
    Johns Hopkins infectious disease specialists who have spent more than two decades leading efforts to combat HIV and AIDS worldwide are warning that limited international relief supplies of antiretroviral therapies currently being distributed in Africa, Asia, and the ...More
    June 29, 2005 Posted in News