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  • Blacks Twice as Susceptible and More Likely to Die of Severe Sepsis than Whites
    Blacks have almost double the rate of severe sepsis—an overwhelming infection of the bloodstream accompanied by acute organ dysfunction—as whites, according to recent research. “The difference in incidence was evident by age 20 and continued throughout the adult lifespan. ...More
    February 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Efforts to Eliminate Tuberculosis in U.S. by 2010 Fall Far Short of Benchmarks
    The U.S. is likely to fall far short of its benchmark goals toward eliminating tuberculosis as a public health problem, according to data from a nationwide survey. Latent TB infection (LTBI) prevalence in the 1999-2000 U.S. population (excluding homeless and incarcerated ...More
    February 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • 13 South Carolina Hospitals Select Innovative Infection Control Technology to Better Protect Patients, Meet Public Reporting Requirements
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Premier Inc. healthcare alliance today announced that 13 South Carolina hospitals have joined the nearly 200 hospitals that have selected Premier’s SafetySurveillor™ as their Web-based tool used to detect and alert staff of healthcare-associated ...More
    January 31, 2008 Posted in News
  • Double-Dippers Beware... There's More on Your Chip Than Just Dip!
    Those of you who are kind enough to read my blog regularly will remember the entry where I talked about researchers who actually studied the infamous “five-second rule” which dictates that it’s OK to retrieve a food item that fell on the floor within five seconds of ...More
    January 31, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Discover New Target for Preventing and Treating Flu
    Structure of amantadine inside viral binding site. Illustration courtesy of William F. DeGrado, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Emerging subtypes of influenza A virus hold the potential to initiate a world-wide epidemic in the next few years, according to ...More
    January 30, 2008 Posted in News
  • U-M Students Participate in Flu Season Study
    Some students are wearing surgical masks on the University of Michigan campus and in the dormitories starting this week as the second year of the M-Flu study gets underway, now that the first confirmed flu case hit campus. Students from four dormitories on the Ann Arbor ...More
    January 30, 2008 Posted in News
  • Agion Partners Gain Momentum in Healthcare Arena
    WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- Agion Technologies announces that three of its leading-edge partners have recently launched products in the healthcare market, further expanding the use of antimicrobial-treated products in the healthcare setting. The products include everything from ...More
    January 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Facility Managers Sound Off on Restroom Odors
    VISTA, Calif. -- A new survey asked approximately 700 facility managers, jan/san manufacturers, distributors, and building service contractors their thoughts on restroom odors. What was most notable about the responses was how strongly the respondents feel regarding odor ...More
    January 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • FDA Warns Public of Contaminated Syringes
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a nationwide recall of all lots of heparin and saline pre-filled flush syringes manufactured by AM2 PAT, Inc., of Angier, N.C. Two lots have been found to be contaminated with Serratia marcescens, a bacterium that can ...More
    January 28, 2008 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Vitamin D May Help to Prevent and Treat Tuberculosis
    A new study finds that lower blood levels of vitamin D are related to an increased risk of tuberculosis (TB), suggesting that vitamin D supplementation may help prevent and treat TB. While previous research has shown a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and TB, this ...More
    January 28, 2008 Posted in News