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  • Expert Asks, Can HAI-Related Interventions Be 'Right-Sized?'
    A one-size-fits-all approach may not work for infection prevention and control efforts, says Kathryn B. Kirkland, MD, from the Section of Infectious Disease and International Health at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. In a commentary in the August issue ...More
    August 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Studies Pinpoint Key Targets for MRSA Vaccine
    Two recent studies provide evidence for a new approach to vaccines to prevent infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) – the leading cause of skin and soft tissue, bloodstream and lung infections in the United States. One demonstrates a way to ...More
    August 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Reminding Staff to Remove Catheters Reduces Infections by Half
    Researchers found the most common hospital-acquired infection is significantly reduced with simple, low-cost interventions. ...More
    August 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Scientists Develop New Drug Treatment for Malaria
    As part of the £1.5 million project, researchers are now testing the drug to determine how the treatment could progress to clinical trials. The drug is made from simple organic molecules and will be cheaper to mass produce compared to existing therapies. Malaria is the ...More
    August 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • One Month Left to Submit Entry for 3M's Innovation Award YouTube Contest
    Infection preventionists have one month left to submit a short original video or written (PDF format) entry demonstrating how they have transformed patient care and helped reduce the incidence of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) for the 3M "Innovation Award YouTube™ ...More
    August 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Caution Against Bias in Hand Hygiene Compliance Reporting
    In a research brief in the August 2010 issue of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, Sorabh Dhar, MD, and colleagues at Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University in Detroit, describe the results of their study addressing differences in reported hand ...More
    August 13, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Direct Observation Not Always the Best Way to Assess Hand Hygiene
    Researchers from Brazil and the United States report on results from their study suggesting that direct observation cannot be considered to be the "gold standard" for assessing hand hygiene compliance. Marra, et al. (2010) compared three measures of hand hygiene adherence ...More
    August 13, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Immune System Overreaction May Enable Recurrent UTIs
    The immune system may open the door to recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) by overdoing its response to an initial infection, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found. ...More
    August 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Report Examines Foodborne Agents Associated with Outbreaks
    A total of 1,097 foodborne disease outbreaks were reported in 2007 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a new agency analysis. State investigators reported 21,244 illnesses and 18 deaths as a result of these outbreaks. The report also ...More
    August 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • Protectus Safety Syringe Earns Patent for Spring Action
    Protectus Medical Devices, Inc. announces it has received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on its patent application describing a spring-activated, automatic, self-sheathing safety syringe. Dr. John Salstrom, CEO of Protectus, says the unique ...More
    August 13, 2010 Posted in News