• Infection Control Today: Clinical Update
    Waterborne Pathogens: What’s Lurking in Your Facility’s Pipes? By Jennifer Schraag The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nearly 2 million patients contract infections during their stays in U.S. hospitals. Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) in the U.S. ...More
    July 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • SPECIAL SCOPE CLEANING:
    SPECIAL SCOPE CLEANING: Newer Technologies Require Thorough Reprocessing By Kathy Dix Reprocessing earlier models of endoscopes has always been challenging; however, new technologies have introduced even greater burdens on cleaning and decontamination staff. Shekhar Challa, ...More
    July 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Product Locator
    Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) ASP has launched the STERRAD® NX Sterilization System, a new, fast, low-temperature hydrogen peroxide gas plasma system, which enables terminal sterilization of a wide variety of surgical instruments. Instruments such as cameras, light ...More
    July 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • NAPPSI and ICT Announcethe Winner of the 2005 Primary Prevention Sharps Safety Award
    NAPPSI and ICT Announce the Winner of the 2005 Primary Prevention Sharps Safety Award The third annual Primary Prevention Sharps Safety Award is sponsored by the National Alliance for the Primary Prevention of Sharps Injuries (NAPPSI) and ICT, and is awarded to the ...More
    July 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Sharp Thinking:
    Sharp Thinking: The Role of Technology and Education in Promoting Sharps Safety By Kris Ellis Infection control practitioners (ICPs) are intimately aware of the potential danger to healthcare workers (HCWs) posed by bloodborne pathogens via accidental needlestick injuries. ...More
    July 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Political Prejudice Preventing Progress on Prison Health
    Measures to improve the health of prisoners should be based on evidence not political prejudice, states an editorial in this week’s issue of The Lancet. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) distributed to all European ministries of health a report bringing ...More
    June 30, 2005 Posted in News
  • Urgent Measures Needed to Tackle HIV Epidemic in Moscow
    HIV infection rates in vulnerable groups in Moscow could be between 30 and 120 times higher than those found in the general Russian Federation population, concludes a research letter in this week’s issue of The Lancet. US researchers found high rates of HIV infection and ...More
    June 30, 2005 Posted in News
  • Smoking May Increase the Risk of Tuberculosis Infection
    Smoking may increase the risk of developing tuberculosis infection, show researchers in the journal Thorax. The study involved 2,401 adults from two urban communities in Cape Town, South Africa. Participants were surveyed about their smoking habits and underwent a ...More
    June 30, 2005 Posted in News
  • The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommends Universal Pertussis Booster Vaccination for Adolescents
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The National Partnership for Immunization (NPI) supports the decision of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend universal Tdap (Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine, Adsorbed (Tdap)) ...More
    June 30, 2005 Posted in News
  • NIAID Scientists Unveil Mechanism Behind Resistance to Severe Malaria
    Scientists have discovered why people with a specific type of hemoglobin — the oxygen-carrying molecule that gives red blood cells their color — are less prone to severe malaria. In a series of experiments, the researchers determined how hemoglobin type C impairs the ...More
    June 29, 2005 Posted in News