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  • Drug Resistance Gene Has Spread to Midwest
    A resistance gene that allows bacteria to beat an important class of antibiotics has started to appear in microorganisms taken from Midwestern patients, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Less than a decade ago, scientists ...More
    September 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • Fighting Superbugs Across the Pond
    The UK’s national Department of Health is tackling MRSA through a recently announced package of measures designed to reduce HAIs. Health secretary Alan Johnson stated, “I'm determined that patient safety, including cleanliness, should be the first priority of every NHS ...More
    September 20, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Molnlycke Introduces New Hibistat Germicidal Towelettes
    NORCROSS, Ga. -- Once almost exclusively confined to hospital settings, drug-resistant staph infections, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), are increasingly finding their way right through the front doors of homes across America. Known as ...More
    September 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • ASHCSP/IAHCSMM Merger Prompts Questions
    Nancy Chobin, RN, CSPDM, tells us that the Certification Board for Sterile Processing & Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD) has received numerous calls regarding the recent announcement of the merger between the two membership organizations, IAHCSMM and ASHCSP. To read more ...More
    September 19, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Can someone please pinch me?!
    I thought this day would never happen—not in my life time! The first thing I did this morning was to see if it was the end of October, and if the Chicago Cubs had won the World Series. It was formally announced today at the 2007 American Society of Healthcare Central ...More
    September 19, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • FDA Clears for Marketing First Rapid Test to Screen for Bacterial Contamination in Blood Platelets
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared for marketing the first rapid test to detect bacterial contamination in blood platelets prior to transfusion. The Platelet Pan Genera Detection (PGD) Test System is a disposable test strip for use in a hospital transfusion ...More
    September 19, 2007 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves Nasal Influenza Vaccine for Use in Younger Children
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved expanding the population for use of the nasal influenza vaccine FluMist to include children between the ages of 2 and 5. Approval for the vaccine, which contains a weakened form of the live virus and is sprayed in the ...More
    September 19, 2007 Posted in News
  • FDA Warns Procter & Gamble about Unlawful Marketing of Hand Sanitizer for Schoolchildren
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Procter & Gamble for making unlawful claims about its Vicks Early Defense Foaming Hand Sanitizer (Early Defense) product. The agency says the product’s claims and directions for use cause it to be an ...More
    September 19, 2007 Posted in News
  • Iomai Patch-Based Vaccine Cut Rate of Travelers' Diarrhea by 75 Percent in Phase 2 Field Study
    CHICAGO and GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- Iomai Corporation announces that travelers who received the company's patch-based travelers' diarrhea vaccine were significantly less likely to be sickened as compared with travelers who receive a placebo, according to research presented ...More
    September 19, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Study Indicates Medical Device Can Cut Infection Rates, Shorten Patient Stays
    CHICAGO -- An innovative medical device is responsible for reducing surgical site infection rates by more than 50 percent and for significantly shortening hospital stays when compared with traditional narcotic pain care, according to a study presented at the 47th annual ...More
    September 19, 2007 Posted in News