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  • Hand Sanitization, Surface Disinfection Still Key to Flu Prevention
    In response to the growing numbers of confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza A virus infection across the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared a pandemic, the first global epidemic in 41 years. Professional Disposables International, Inc. (PDI), a leader ...More
  • Infection Prevention Text Updated, Improved
    More than 300 infection prevention experts have completed a text that serves as one of the most valuable tools for infection preventionists throughout the world, the APIC Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology. The 1,700-page document, now in its third edition, has ...More
    June 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • 'Virtual World' Training for Public Health Emergencies
    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health are conducting a study to determine if collaborative virtual environments improve public health preparedness and response planning. The study is funded by a $1.6 million grant from the Centers for ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Nurse Researchers Toil to Curb Spread of Infectious Disease
    Fighting infectious disease, the very heart of public health and the genesis of contemporary nursing, is about more than handwashing and immunizations. It’s about screening and early detection, identifying risk and protective factors, and educating clinicians, ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Pioneering Advanced Sepsis Detection and Management
    Vanderbilt doctors Jason Martin, left, Michael Hooper and Lisa Weavind are testing the new sepsis detection system in the ICU. When the system determines that a patient may have developed sepsis, a red light flashes in the electronic dashboard that displays patient ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Adults Need to Revisit Childhood Vaccinations
    Vaccines are not just for children any more. That is the important and potentially life-saving message that Geisinger Health System pediatric gastroenterologist William Cochran, MD, vice chairman of the Janet Weis Children's Hospital, wants to deliver. And this is a message ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Patching Gaps in Global Pneumococcal Vaccination
    Since 2000, U.S. infants have been routinely immunized against pneumococcal (Streptococcus pneumoniae) infection, but the existing vaccine's expense puts it out of reach for most developing countries, where almost 1 million children die from pneumococcal infections ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Best Ways to Use Standard TB Vaccine
    In a study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, Saint Louis University’s Center for Vaccine Development is investigating whether the standard vaccine used in foreign countries against ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • A Sorry State of Affairs for Infection Preventionists
    This year’s annual APIC meeting, which just wrapped up yesterday, offered numerous opportunities to meditate on the current state of practice, but nothing hit home more than the results of a new survey conducted of infection preventionists by APIC that showed just how ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • SHEA Issues Interim Guidance on Infection Control Precautions for Novel Swine-Origin Influenza A H1N1 in Healthcare Facilities
    The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has issued the following statement:The emergence of a novel swine-origin influenza A H1N1 (novel H1N1) virus has dramatically impacted healthcare institutions across the globe.1-2  Fortunately, most public ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in News