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  • Report on H1N1 Cases in California Shows Hospitalization Can Occur At All Ages, With Many Severe
    In contrast with some common perceptions regarding 2009 influenza A(H1N1) infections, an examination of cases in California indicates that hospitalization and death can occur at all ages, and about 30 percent of hospitalized cases have been severe enough to require ...More
    November 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Cruising for a Norovirus Infection?
    A team of researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Carney Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance and Tufts University School of Medicine, have found that widespread poor compliance with regular cleaning of public restrooms on cruise ships may predict ...More
    November 3, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Inappropriate Initial Antibiotic Treatment May Extend Stays for Patients with Healthcare-Associated Skin Infections
    Patients who acquire skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) in a hospital or other healthcare setting may be more likely to receive inappropriate antibiotic therapy at the beginning of their treatment. As a result, they also may have significantly longer hospital stays to ...More
    November 3, 2009 Posted in News
  • Common Pain Relievers May Dilute Power of Flu Shots
    With flu vaccination season in full swing, research from the University of Rochester Medical Center cautions that use of many common pain killers – Advil, Tylenol, aspirin – at the time of injection may blunt the effect of the shot and have a negative effect on ...More
    November 3, 2009 Posted in News
  • Guidance on H1N1 Influenza Diagnostic Tests Published by FDA
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today published a guidance document that should help manufacturers develop diagnostic tests for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. Although there are not any FDA-approved or cleared tests that diagnose this specific infection, during ...More
    November 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Tackling Performance Improvement in Your Facility
    During the Webinar, "Getting It Done: Tackling Performance Improvement In Your Facility," sponsored by 3M Tegaderm Dressings, time constraints did not allow a number of questions from participants to be answered during the Webcast; the questions and answers from the ...More
    November 2, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Flu-Related Etiquette
    Have you had your fill of swine flu news yet? I try to post what’s pertinent or interesting to the ICT site, and every once in a while an amusing little tidbit appears in the mainstream media. Here’s something from USA Today on the new hands-off flu etiquette; ...More
    November 2, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Sneezing in Times of a Flu Pandemic
    The H1N1 influenza pandemic has received extensive media coverage this year. The World Health Organization, in addition to providing frequent updates about cases of infection and death tolls, recommends hyper vigilance in daily hygiene such as frequent handwashing or ...More
    November 2, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Bacteria Launch Shield to Resist Attack
    Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark along with other collaborators in Denmark and the U.S. found that the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa can 'switch on' production of molecules that kill white blood cells – ...More
    November 2, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Avoiding Panic in Pandemic Flu Vaccine Campaigns
    The effectiveness of pandemic flu vaccination campaigns – like that now underway for H1N1 – could be undermined by the public incorrectly associating coincidental and unrelated health events with the vaccines. This is the conclusion of a paper published online ...More
    November 2, 2009 Posted in News