• Offering Advice to a Doctor Who Self-Sterilizes Instruments
    Question: I work in a community hospital in the outpatient department. A chiropodist is starting here and she sterilizes her own instruments in a benchtop sterilizer. We send all of our instruments off to the CSSD to conform to HTM2010. Are there any specific infection ...More
    August 16, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Study Shows Long-Term Health Effects from West Nile Illnesses
    More than a year after being diagnosed with a West Nile virus infection, half of the patients have ongoing health complaints including fatigue, memory problems, headaches, depression, and tremors, according to an article in the Sept. 15, 2006 issue of Clinical Infectious ...More
    August 16, 2006 Posted in News
  • Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics May be Harmful
    The sniffles. A runny nose. A cough. That's right — the cold season is upon us. But before you head off to your doctor demanding antibiotics to lessen your symptoms, be aware that those drugs don't always work and can have serious side effects, say two physicians at ...More
    August 16, 2006 Posted in News
  • A Shot in the Arm Could Save Your Child's Life
    Flu season is approaching again, and parents should know that fall is the time to have your children immunized. This is especially important for children with asthma and other high-risk medical problems. "It is important to get a flu shot early because vaccine shortages can ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • Add Vaccinations to Your Child’s Back-to-School Supply List
    Educating your child’s immune system is an important part of preventing disease and an important part of preparing for the upcoming school year. Children can be immunized against a number of serious infectious diseases by receiving vaccines, said Andrew J. White, MD, a ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • High-Tech Solutions to Sinusitis
    Coughing, headaches, fatigue, post-nasal drip and intense pressure throughout the face. For millions of Americans, these aren't just the side effects of a short bout with the flu, but what they experience every day living with sinusitis. "Sinusitis is the most commonly ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Researchers Working to Keep Airliner Air Quality Healthy, Safe
    In a tightly enclosed area, such as an airplane, the quality and safety of the air is of utmost importance. In addition to concerns about general air quality, added recent concerns have included accidental contamination of aircraft cabins -- such as with pandemic flu -- and ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • IAVI Calls for New Measures to Accelerate Search for AIDS Vaccine
    Today at the XVI International AIDS Conference, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) proposed new scientific and policy initiatives to accelerate AIDS vaccine development, foster capacity building in developing countries, and build and sustain long-term ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • Study Explores Scalpel’s Role in the Spread of vCJD
    A study published in the online edition of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface reports that researchers have been exploring the likelihood that vCJD might be spread via the reuse of surgical instruments, and calls for more data in order to allay fears over the ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Confirmatory Tests Being Conducted on Michigan Wild Bird Samples for Avian Flu Subtypes
    The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior today announced that routine surveillance has indicated the presence of H5 and N1 avian influenza subtypes in samples from two wild mute swans in Michigan, but testing has ruled out the possibility of this being the highly ...More
    August 15, 2006 Posted in News