• BSE May Have Originated from a Human Form of the Disease
    Animal feed contaminated with human remains may have caused the first cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, suggests a hypothesis published in this week’s issue of The Lancet. The cause of the original case or cases of BSE is currently unknown. Sheep scrapie or a ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Toronto Physicians Reveal Fears While Coping With SARS Outbreak
    A new study of the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Toronto shows how fears of a virulent contagious disease can affect healthcare providers and reveals that some of those surveyed who experienced SARS-like symptoms during the outbreak still went ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Avoiding the Point:
    Avoiding the Point: Sharps Safety best Practices for HCWs By Jennifer Schraag Sharps safety goes beyond the infection control (IC) team, encircling every aspect of today’s healthcare systems. Reducing the risks presented by occupational exposure begins with awareness, ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Risky Business
    Risky Business Occupational Hazards & The Healthcare Worker By Kelly M. Pyrek While hospitals are designed to be places of treatment and healing for patients, they present a significant number of occupational hazards to healthcare workers (HCWs). A survey1 of registered ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Control Today: Clinical Update
    Biofilm: Secret Refuge of the Microbial World By Steve Bierman, MD Regardless of when you graduated, there was a surprising omission in your medical education, one that could jeopardize the very life and limb of your patients. It’s difficult to imagine, but somehow a ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Educating SPD Staff
    Educating SPD Staff By Kathy Dix Sterile processing department (SPD) educators have a weighty task — determining what education is necessary to make their staff competent, to maintain competency, and how to secure the resources necessary to make it happen Deficits in ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Infection Control Today: Product Locator
    DuPont Medical Fabrics DuPont announces the availability of DuPont™ IsolationWear™ medical fabric for Level 2 AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) isolation apparel, and DuPont Suprel® IsolationWear medical fabric for AAMI Level 3 isolation ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Educating OR Staff
    Educating OR Staff By Kathy Dix Defining what education is necessary for operating room (OR) staff is a more difficult task than determining what is necessary for the sterile processing department (SPD). The SPD has one defined task — to sterilize and disinfect instruments ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • AORN’s Proposed Recommended Practice for Care and Handling of Specimens in the Perioperative Environment is Open for Review
    DENVER – The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) announces that its proposed “Recommended Practice for the Care and Handling of Specimens in the Perioperative Environment” is open for public comment through Sept. 23, 2005 The proposed recommended practice ...More
    August 31, 2005 Posted in News
  • Syneture Expands Blunt Tip Needle Portfolio
    NORWALK, Conn. -- Syneture, the wound closure business of United States Surgical, today announced the expansion of its ProtectPoint blunt needle surgical needle product portfolio. These products are designed to optimize physician and nurse safety by helping to reduce the ...More
    August 31, 2005 Posted in News