• MRSA Toxin Acquitted: Study Clears Suspected Key to Severe Bacterial Illness
    Researchers who thought they had identified the bacterial perpetrator of the often severe disease caused by community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) had better keep looking: Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious ...More
    November 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • Individualized Strategies Needed for Prevention of Malaria in Long-Term Travelers
    Prevention of malaria for persons who travel for more than six months is complex and should be individualized, with advice from travel medicine specialists, according to a review article in the Nov. 8, 2006 issue of JAMA. There were more than 800 million trips by travelers ...More
    November 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • Fighting HIV with HIV: New Gene Therapy Vector Shows Promise
    Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine report the first clinical test of a new gene therapy based on a disabled AIDS virus carrying genetic material that inhibits HIV replication. For the first application of the new vector five subjects with ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in News
  • Getting Tattooed Could Have Hidden Health Consequences
    Everyone knows that non-sterile tattoo needles can lead to AIDS and Hepatitis. However, according to research by Ronald Petruso, lecturer of chemistry at DelawareValleyCollege in Doylestown, Pa., there are other, overlooked risks.For the past year and a half, Petruso has ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in News
  • ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS
    A root cause analysis is defined as a retrospective approach to error analysis — the investigation of the direct or original error that led to an adverse event. In healthcare, such an analysis is typically reserved for tracing the origin of serious adverse events. “Near ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • AVIAN INFLUENZA
    The world has faced three pandemics in the past 80 years, and currently has at least one more on the horizon. The world is abuzz with talk about the sinister H5N1 influenza virus, one species of the otherwise coined “avian influenza.” But what can effectively be done to ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • TRENDS IN “SUPERBUG” SCREENING IDENTIFY MOST LIKELY CARRIERS OF DEADLY BACTERIA IN HOSPITAL SETTINGS
    “This hard data confirms some suspicions and helps those working in the infection control field to better hone our screening recommendations.”— Dr. Lance Peterson, Northwestern Healthcare Findings from a new study provide doctors with a more complete epidemiologic picture ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Hotel Study Helps Add to What We Know About Fomites’ Role in Disease Transmission
    It’s always just a little bit satisfying when the rest of the world catches up on the knowledge that infection control practitioners (ICPs) already have; what I mean is, it no longer feels as though you’re the only ones talking about the need for awareness relating to the ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Fall, Flu, and Fowl
    Another season, another flu shot; so it usually goes when the leaves start to turn. But this year, we’re facing a special treat, as Air Avian threatens to land in a passage or duct near you…and you…and you. Our feathered friends are typically exposed to the greater risk, ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Fomites and Infection Transmission
    In a systematic review of the literature, German researchers explored the ability of infectious organisms to survive on inanimate surfaces.1 They found that most gram-positive bacteria, including vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus ...More