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  • Wet Breathing System Filters Transmit Microbes
    Researchers have highlighted potential problems with the breathing system filters used in anesthesia, including intensive care units, after demonstrating that they don't provide protection from harmful bacteria and yeast when they become wet. ...More
    July 7, 2010 Posted in News
  • Map of Herpes Virus Protein Suggests New Drug Therapy
    The mechanism by which a herpes virus invades cells has remained a mystery to scientists seeking to thwart this family of viruses, until now. ...More
    July 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • Infection Prevention's Global Perspective: A Q&A with Cathryn Murphy
    ICT spoke with Cathryn Louise Murphy, RN, PhD, CIC, the 2010 president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Murphy, who is managing director of Infection Control Plus, an independent, international infection control consulting ...More
    July 2, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Study Finds Infection Control Lapses at ASCs
    An assessment of nearly 70 ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in three states found that lapses in infection control were common, including for practices such as hand hygiene, injection and medication safety and equipment reprocessing, according to a study in the June 9 ...More
    July 2, 2010 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Researchers Urge Wider Use of Diarrheal Disease Control Measures
    Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health urge wider use of oral rehydration solution (ORS), zinc supplementation and rotavirus vaccine to reduce the deaths from diarrheal disease worldwide. Diarrheal disease kills approximately 1.5 million ...More
    July 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Publishes Draft Norovirus Prevention Guideline
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is inviting public comments on the draft Guideline for the Prevention and Control of Norovirus: Gastroenteritis Outbreaks in Healthcare Settings.” The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and ...More
    June 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • Oregon Announces First HAI Report
    The Office of Oregon Health Policy Research (OHPR) has released a new report that compares healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) rates at 58 healthcare facilities statewide. According to the report, an analysis conducted on Oregon hospitals from 2003 through 2005 estimated ...More
    June 30, 2010 Posted in News
  • Staffing Tops Concerns for Environmental Services Professionals
    Survey results released today by Orkin, LLC and the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) reveal that staffing is currently the most pressing issue for healthcare environmental services (ES) professionals. The survey of more than 2,000 ASHES members ...More
    June 30, 2010 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Vets Potentially Exposed to HIV at VA Hospital
    Fox News is reporting today that thousands of veterans receiving dental services at the John Cochran Division of the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center could have been accidentally exposed to HIV and other viruses. According to a Veterans Affairs (VA) statement, the ...More
    June 30, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Honey as an Antibiotic: Scientists Identify Secret Ingredient That Kills Bacteria
    Sweet news for those looking for new antibiotics: A new research published in the July 2010 print edition of the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal explains for the first time how honey kills bacteria. Specifically, the research ...More
    June 30, 2010 Posted in News