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  • APIC Promotes Safe Injection Practices to Prevent Bloodborne Infections
    In response to continued reports of infection control flaws in outpatient healthcare clinics that have put thousands of patients at risk for serious infections, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced its strong support ...More
    July 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • CDC Advisors Make Recommendations for Use of Vaccine Against Novel H1N1
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met today to make recommendations for use of vaccine against novel influenza A (H1N1).  The committee met to develop recommendations on who should receive vaccine ...More
    July 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • APIC Reports HICPAC ‘s Adoption of H1N1 Recommendations
    APIC is reporting today that the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) on July 23 recommended changes to the CDC's Interim Guidance for Infection Control for Care of Patients with Confirmed or Suspected Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection ...More
    July 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • NPSG 7: Implications for Infection Preventionists
    On July 28, ICT presented a live Webinar, "The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals: Implications for Infection Preventionists." (If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to register today for this event by clicking HERE. The Webinar will be available on ...More
    July 29, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus Impacts Pregnant Women More Severely, Study Says
    Pregnant women infected with 2009 novel H1N1 had a higher rate of hospitalization and greater risk of death than the general population due to the H1N1 flu, according to a study in the Aug. 8 issue of the British medical journal Lancet. The data collected and analyzed by ...More
    July 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Nurses Association Opposes Mandatory Flu Shots for Healthcare Workers
    Speaking last week at a meeting of the New York State Hospital Planning and Review Council, the New York State Nurses Association strongly opposed a regulation that would require every healthcare worker in the state to be immunized for influenza.Despite these objections, ...More
    July 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Tech Who Exposed Patients to HCV Named in 42-Count Indictment by Federal Grand Jury
    Kristen Parker, a former Rose Medical Center surgical scrub technician, was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Denver, announced David Gaouette, Acting U.S. Attorney, Stephen Holt, Special Agent in Charge of the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations, Kansas City ...More
    July 27, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Another Test for 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  today announced it has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a another diagnostic test for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, whose spread has caused the virus to be characterized as a pandemic by the World Health ...More
    July 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Capture Bacterial Infection on Film
    Researchers have developed a new technique that allows them to make a movie of bacteria infecting their living host.While  most studies of bacterial infection are done after the death of the infected organism, this system developed by scientists at the University of ...More
    July 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Nurse Jackie
    I've been watching a couple of new television series revolving around the nursing profession, Nurse Jackie (Showtime) and HawthoRNe (TNT). Wow, these shows really have ruffled some feathers.While I can understand some of the uproar, I think a lot of people have taken these ...More
    July 24, 2009 Posted in Blogs