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  • Decennial Conference: Great Minds Gather
    Update from Saturday, 3/20: I have learned that it is nearly impossible to be in more than one place at one time, although I desperately want to be! I am like a kid going wild in a candy store -- there are just too many wonderful goodies at once! Sessions, posters, the ...More
    March 19, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Immune System May Offer Way to Stop Infection-Caused Inflammation
    Treating virulent influenza, sepsis and other potentially deadly infections long has focused on looking for ways to kill viruses and bacteria. But new research from the University of Utah (U of U) and Utah State University shows that modulating the body's own overeager ...More
    March 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Active Surveillance Cultures: Friend or Foe?
    Part one of a two-part series.Whether or not it is mandated by state law, some healthcare institutions are turning to active surveillance cultures (ASC) of all or certain high-risk patients, as well as placing them under contact precautions – all in an effort to curb ...More
    March 17, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Catheter-Related Infection Prevention: A Review of the Basics
    Catheters, both central venous and urinary, are medical devices that save lives, but they also can contribute to significant patient morbidity and mortality if the proper techniques for insertion, maintenance and removal are not followed. We review the basics of ...More
    March 17, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Swapped Syringe Case Leads to Facility and Legislative Changes
    The saga may be over as far as the courts are concerned, but the pain will last for the victims, and lessons will keep being learned by healthcare professionals. The saga? The debacle in which scrub technician Kristen Parker infected 18 people with her hepatitis C as a ...More
    March 17, 2010 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Wound Care: Pressure Ulcer Best Practices
    Pressure ulcers, otherwise known as decubitus ulcers, comprise a significant portion of wounds requiring specialized care and presenting additional costs, so prevention is critically important. A pressure ulcer is any lesion caused by unrelieved pressure resulting in damage ...More
    March 17, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Keeping Up with the Neighbors Speeds Vaccine Use
    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conducted an analysis of worldwide use of Haemophilus influenza Type b vaccine (Hib) to determine what factors influenced a nation’s adoption of the vaccine. The study found that a nation’s ...More
    March 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Common Cold Symptoms Not Washed Away by Nose Irrigation
    Washing out your nose with a spray or spout of salt water is safe and might even get you back to work sooner after a cold or acute sinus infection. However, there is not enough evidence to show that it can reduce your symptoms significantly, according to a new research ...More
    March 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • New TB Booster Shows Promise
    A booster shot appears to improve tuberculosis (TB) resistance in previously vaccinated adults, according to new research in South Africa. The study has been published online ahead of print publication in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and ...More
    March 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Strategies Increase Healthcare Worker Vaccination Rates
    Healthcare personnel influenza immunization rates have remained low, despite recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading healthcare organizations that all healthcare personnel receive annual flu vaccines. Experts say these ...More
    March 17, 2010 Posted in News