• Text Messaging Speeds Up Treatment for Chlamydia Infection
    Text messaging the results of a Chlamydia test speeds up treatment for the infection and cuts down on staff time, suggests a six-month study in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. The sexual health clinic at London’s Chelsea and WestminsterHospital tried out a text ...More
    February 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • New Course on AIDS Explores 'The Perfect Ecology' of a Killer
    Rick Keller, an assistant professor of medical history, explains the public health context in which HIV/AIDS was first reported by the Centers for Disease Control 25 years ago. Keller is team-teaching an interdisciplinary course on the global AIDS pandemic with Maria ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • Biologists Build Better Software, Beat Path to Viral Knowledge
    Pictured are images of Epsilon 15, a virus that infects the bacterium Salmonella. From the left-side cross section of the viral particle's interior, obtained with an advanced magnifier called a cryo-electron microscope, a team including Purdue structural biologist Wen Jiang ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • Challenges and Benefits of Double-Gloving in Surgery
    Challenges and Benefits of Double-Gloving in Surgery By Deborah Davis, PhD Ronald L. Nichols, MD, the William Henderson professor of surgery-emeritus and professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans has stated, ...More
  • OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION
    OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION An ICP’s Worst Nightmare By Kathy Dix Recent bioterrorism scares have shone a spotlight on emerging diseases and raised fears of outbreaks that are due to global enemies. Anthrax and smallpox were at the forefront of these scares, but even excluding ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • APPROACHES TO INFECTION CONTROL
    APPROACHES TO INFECTION CONTROLActive Surveillance Culture as a Promising New Tool By Gerri Hall, PhD, and Diane Flayhart, MT (ASCP), MS “A horrific experience” is Michael Bennett’s description of his father’s four-month stay in five hospitals in 2004. Mark Bennett was a ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • How do You Know Your Automatic Washer is Safe to Use?
    How do You Know Your Automatic Washer is Safe to Use? By Stephen M. Kovach Imagine this scenario: A surveyor for the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) asks a central service (CS) manager, “How do you know your automatic washer is ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Infection Control Today: Product Locator
    Jones Companies, Ltd. Jones Companies Ltd. is evolving the microfiber cleaning industry with its speeds microfiber cleaning system. speeds™ pads are made by utilizing Deep Groove microfiber technology called 4DG™ Technology, which is a registered trademark of Clemson ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Massachusetts Bill Considering Patient Consent Law forReprocessed SUDs Fuels Further Debate
    Massachusetts Bill Considering Patient Consent Law for Reprocessed SUDs Fuels Further Debate By Kris Ellis The practice of reprocessing single-use medical devices (SUDs) has been subject to increasing amounts of scrutiny and regulation in recent years. This trend continued ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • HAND HYGIENE
    HAND HYGIENEBest Practices for 2006By Carolyn Twomey, RNMost of us don’t doubt the importance of handwashing in establishing good hand hygiene. The biggest disconnect in what is best practice and what we actually do comes in being handwashing compliant. A second ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene