• Securing Medical Catheters
    Securing Medical Catheters By Kathy Dix Aug. 2, 2004, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) posted a revision to its fact sheet on securing medical catheters, which had initially been published online in early 2004. The revision focuses on the ...More
    November 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • SB Infection-Rate Reporting:
    SB Infection-Rate Reporting: Making It Add Up for Patient Safety By Kelly M. Pyrek As of press time in late September, California is close to joining four other states which have enacted legislation aimed at curbing healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) that kill as many as ...More
    November 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Secret Handwashing Observation is Part of One Hospital’s Waron Germs
    Secret Handwashing Observation is Part of One Hospital’s War on Germs By Kelly M. Pyrek If you’re a healthcare worker and you haven’t been washing your hands, chances are someone at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. is watching and making a note of it. This ...More
  • The Proper Fit for PPE
    The Proper Fit for PPE By John Roark Gowns, gloves and masks cannot protect you if they do not properly fit. Protect yourself — and your patient — by suiting up smart. The bottom line with all personal protective equipment (PPE) is that it must be user-friendly, says Geri ...More
    November 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
    Emerging Infectious Threats Present and Future Considerations for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Drug-Resistant Pathogens By Kris Ellis Over the past few years, public health officials and healthcare workers (HCWs) have been confronted with a number of distinctive new ...More
    November 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Jugglers and Chameleons
    Shortage Busters: Build a Culture of Retention by Understanding and Supporting Your Middle Managers By Carla Perrotta The pervasive nursing shortage has increased the pressure on an already strained healthcare system. One group that is feeling this staffing crunch most ...More
    November 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Chemical Indicators 101: Applications for Use
    Chemical Indicators 101: Applications for Use By John A. Kurowski, BS, RN Since the first steam sterilizer was created by Charles Chamberland in 1880, researchers have worked on methods to monitor sterilization processes. It was not until the late 1940s and early 1950s that ...More
    November 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Over 4.2 Million Influenza Vaccine Doses Shipped This Week to Health Providers Serving High-Priority Groups
    More than 4.2 million influenza vaccine doses were shipped this week to health providers serving high-priority groups as part of the plan announced on October 12 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Aventis Pasteur. Since Oct. 11, 2004, more than 9 ...More
    October 29, 2004 Posted in News
  • Screening for Virus RNA Could Increase Safety of Organ, Tissue Transplantation
    Results of a study in this week’s issue of The Lancet suggest that routine screening of blood samples to detect viral RNA among organ and tissue donors who do not have obvious signs of clinical disease would reduce the risk of disease transmission among transplant ...More
    October 29, 2004 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Meningitis Case in Wyandotte County
    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Wyandotte County Health Department are monitoring a case of bacterial meningitis diagnosed in a middle school student in Kansas City, Kansas. The student is being treated. There are many types of bacterial ...More
    October 29, 2004 Posted in News