• New Study Identifies Louse-Borne Diseases That Ravaged Napoleon's Army
    Using dental pulp extracted from the teeth of soldiers who died during Napoleon's disastrous retreat through Russia in 1812, a new study finds DNA evidence that epidemic typhus and trench fever ran rampant among the French Grand Army. The study, published in the Jan. 1 ...More
    December 15, 2005 Posted in News
  • Use of Color-Coded Patient Wristbands Creates Unnecessary Risk
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A patient nearly died recently in a Pennsylvania hospital due to confusion caused by color-coded wristbands, prompting the Patient Safety Authority to issue a supplementary advisory on the risks associated with using a specific color to convey clinical ...More
    December 14, 2005 Posted in News
  • Reducing Risk of HIV/AIDS at Circuit Parties
    Circuit parties -- mammoth dance events for gay and bisexual men who socialize sometimes for 24 hours without sleep -- were created in the 1980s in large part to raise awareness and funding related to HIV and AIDS prevention. Today, the circuit parties -- with up to 20,000 ...More
    December 14, 2005 Posted in News
  • FDA Acts to Protect Public from Fraudulent Avian Flu Therapies
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters recently to nine companies marketing bogus flu products behind claims that their products could be effective against preventing the avian flu or other forms of influenza. FDA is not aware of any scientific ...More
    December 14, 2005 Posted in News
  • Federal Government Begins Pandemic Planning with States
    Noting that communities will be on the front lines of any effort to stop or contain a pandemic, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt on Dec. 5, 2005 convened senior state and local officials to establish an integrated federal-state ...More
    December 13, 2005 Posted in News
  • HHS Releases Checklist to Help Businesses Prepare for a Pandemic
    To help businesses develop specific plans to protect employees and maintain operations during a pandemic, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt, joined by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, ...More
    December 13, 2005 Posted in News
  • Getting to the Heart of the High-Risk Flu Population
    Patients with cardiovascular disease are at the greatest risk for influenza-related mortality, yet flu vaccination rates among this population fall far below national vaccination targets. But a new University of Michigan Health System study has gotten to the heart of the ...More
    December 13, 2005 Posted in News
  • Progress Slow in Improving Hospitals’ Patient Safety Systems
    While there has been some improvement in patient safety systems at hospitals, progress has been slow and the current systems are not close to meeting certain recommendations, according to a study in the Dec. 14, 2005 issue of JAMA. The 1998 Institute of Medicine (IOM) ...More
    December 13, 2005 Posted in News
  • Infection Rates, Cleanliness Top the List of Factors Consumers Consider When Choosing a Hospital
    PHILADELPHIA -- Consumers cite infection rates and cleanliness as two of the three most important factors when choosing a hospital, outranking other factors such as reputation and proximity, according to a survey released today by researchers at the University of ...More
    December 13, 2005 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Employee-Led Effort Dramatically Reduces Rates of Hospital Super Bug
    A staff-driven, organizational behavior management intervention focusing on handwashing, patient charts, and effective documentation reduced the incidence of potentially deadly staph infections by 70 percent in two intensive care units over a six-month study period. Lead ...More
    December 12, 2005 Posted in News