• Storing Sterile Inventory for the OR Storing Sterile Inventory for the OR
    Clean tools, skin, and hands can prevent infections resulting from surgery. It’s as simple as that. However, not everyone properly observes the principles of sterile cleaning and storage. Keeping sterile inventory sterile may sometimes be a challenge. However, sterile ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Understanding Surgical Hand Antisepsis
    In the paper, “Low Adherence With Waterless Surgical Hand Antisepsis,” authors Lawton Seal, PhD, of Healthpoint, Ltd., and Shanta Modak, PhD, and Cenk Cayci, MD, both of the Department of Surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, describe how ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • One Nation Under Pressure, Indivisible, With Hurriedness and Heart Attacks for All
    I don’t need to tell you that as a nation, we’ve become a whole lot busier than our forebears; according to a Harris poll, the amount of leisure time enjoyed by the average American has shrunk 37 percent since 1973, and 71 percent of those surveyed said their lives had ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • How to Simplify Your Environmental Surfaces Cleaning Program
    An emerging technology designed for cleaning and disinfection is making the job of healthcare environmental services more efficient, safer, and more responsible. Accelerated hydrogen peroxide (AHP™) technology allows for all-in-one capability to achieve excellent cleaning ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
    Hepatitis B and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are potentially fatal infections. Most occupational exposures to these bloodborne illnesses occur among healthcare workers (HCWs). According to the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), more than 8 ...More
  • NAPPSI and ICT
    Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, winner of the 2006 NAPPSI and ICT Primary Prevention Safety Award. Since early 2000, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has been using a variety of sharps safety products hospital-wide with a particular focus on ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • IC Calendar
    AUGUST 2006 1-31 National Immunization Awareness MonthSponsored by the National Partnership for Immunization (703) 836-6110 www.partnersforimmunization.org 8-10 EPI 101 courseSponsored by APIC Westin O’Hare, Rosemont, Ill.www.apic.org 13-16 Association for Healthcare ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Prevention Program of Tomorrow will be Focus of 2007 Futures Summit
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces it will undertake work to articulate the “Infection Prevention Program of Tomorrow” for its third Futures Summit, which will be held in early 2007. “We believe by positioning infection ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • Biomarker Reduces Length of Antibiotic Treatment for CAP
    For hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), lower measurements of procalcitonin, a biomarker of infection, can reduce the length of antibiotic treatment by an average of seven days. The study, which is the first research trial of its kind, appears in ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • FDA Completes Safety Assessment of Ketek; New Safety Information to be Added to Product Labeling
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today completed its safety assessment of Ketek (telithromycin) and is advising health practitioners and patients to be aware of rare but potentially serious health risks. Ketek is the first FDA-approved antibiotic of the ketolide ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in News