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  • Infection Prevention's Involvement Essential in Healthcare Construction
    Central to the prevention of opportunistic-pathogen transmission during any construction activity, be it new build or renovation projects, is the infection control risk assessment (ICRA). The ICRA is the tool with which the construction team can determine the levels of ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Airborne Transmission: An Issue More Hospitals Should Heed
    Transmission of airborne infectious disease is on the radar of every infection preventionist, but convincing a healthcare facility’s stakeholders to give adequate attention to the air quality needed to prevent transmissions is not always an easy task. Convincing ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Using Technology to Stop Airborne Pathogens
    John Pierson is manager of product development for Fiberlock Technologies, and shared with ICT the ins and outs of improving indoor air quality in healthcare settings. Q: In an outbreak/pandemic scenario, what practices should automatically change to keep transmission of ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Smallpox and HIV: New Research
    The elimination of smallpox may have created a window of opportunity for the HIV epidemic years later, according to new interesting new research coming out of George Mason University. Researcher Richard Weinstein, of the university’s biodefense program, says that ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Quickly Evolving Bacteria Could Improve Digestive Health
    When the forces of evolution took over an experimental strain of bacteria, it derailed an experiment Duke and North Carolina State researchers thought they were conducting, but led to something much more profound instead.The researchers used a colony of mice raised in a ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Overcoming Anthrax Bacterium's Natural Defenses Could Hold Key to New Treatments
    Army scientists have discovered a way to "trick" the bacterium that causes anthrax into shedding its protective covering, making it easier for the body's immune system to mount a defense. The study, which appears in this month's issue of the journal Microbiology, could lead ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Surprising Infection-Inducing Mechanism Found in Bacteria
    Research appearing in Nature, with the participation of doctors Susana Campoy and Jordi Barbé from the Department of Genetics and Microbiology at UAB, demonstrates that bacteria have a surprising mechanism to transfer virulent genes, causing infections. The research ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • ICU Infection Rates Not a Good Measure of Mortality Risk
    ICU-acquired infection rates are not an indication of patients’ mortality risk, according to researchers the University of Pennsylvania, undermining a central tenet of many pay-for-performance initiatives. Public reporting of quality data is increasingly common in ...More
    May 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Phylogenetic Tree Established for Large Bacteria Group
    A new "tree of life" has been constructed by researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech for the gamma-proteobacteria, a large group of medically and scientifically important bacteria that includes Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, ...More
    May 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • SafeShot Technologies Launches "No More Pricks" Campaign to Stop Needlestick Injuries
    SafeShot Technologies, LLC today launched a new campaign called "No More Pricks" to build awareness around the needlestick injury issue which affects more than 1 million healthcare workers each year. SafeShot Technologies has developed an affordable solution to address the ...More
    May 17, 2010 Posted in News