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  • The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals: Implications for Infection Preventionists
    Editor's note: To access part two of this two-part article, CLICK HERE.IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Joint Commission is revising the 2009 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) and the 2009 Universal Protocol to clarify language and make sure that they are relevant to the settings ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Ambulatory Care: The Challenges for Infection Prevention
    Ambulatory care centers and outpatient surgery facilities all seem like ideal settings to receive healthcare. A patient can be seen, treated and sent back home in half the time of a hospital visit. Therefore, it might appear that the risk of infection would be lower because ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Viruses Resistant to Tamiflu Identified
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has been informed by health authorities in Denmark, Japan and the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, China of the appearance of H1N1 viruses which are resistant to the antiviral drug oseltamivir (known as Tamiflu) based on ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission Updates Position on Steam Sterilization and Flashing Cycles
    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) is reporting that the Joint Commission will now be looking more broadly at all of the critical processes included in sterilization when interpreting standards and surveying facilities, including processes for flash ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Standard to Protect Against Infectious Airborne Diseases is First in the Nation
    The nation’s first standard to safeguard workers from the spread of airborne diseases has been approved by California’s Office of Administrative Law and filed with the Secretary of State. With full support from labor and management stakeholders, on May 21 the ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • NSAIDs Can Reduce Common Cold Symptoms
    The common cold is the most pervasive recurring illness on earth. For years, people have turned to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, to relieve pain, fever and other symptoms related to the miserable feelings brought on by the common cold. NSAIDs include ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Garlic Might Fight Vampires Better Than It Fights Colds
    With the recall of the cold remedy Zicam nasal spray for possibly causing some people to lose their sense of smell and the prior failures of vitamin C and echinacea to prove effective in trials, viruses seem to be winning the war on colds. Adding to the long line of mixed ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Reduced-Dose Schedule for Pneumococcal Vaccine in Infants Shows Effectiveness
    Infants who received two or three primary doses of the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-7) both had a decreased rate of carrying pneumococcal microorganisms that can cause pneumonia and other infections, compared to infants who were not vaccinated, according to ...More
    July 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Teaching Hand Hygiene at Psych Hospitals
    An ICT reader from Pennsylvania has the following question for other infection preventionists at psychiatric hospitals: “Does anyone have any strategies to convince the staff about the importance of teaching patients hand hygiene? I have limited time on the floor with ...More
    July 7, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Advancing Vaccine Against Valley Fever
    Medical mycologists at the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID) and the Department of Biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have significantly advanced the fight against San Joaquin Valley Fever, a respiratory infection of humans, ...More
    July 7, 2009 Posted in News