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  • How Many People Have to Die Before We Get it Right?
    Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the September 2010 issue of Infection Control Today. By Karen Y. Cherry, MBA Have you ever stopped to think that you may hold the power of life and death in your hands? We go to the hospital to feel better. We trust that ...More
    August 26, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Using Adenovirus to Target and Disrupt Cancer Cells
    A novel mechanism used by adenovirus to sidestep the cell's suicide program, could go a long way to explain how tumor suppressor genes are silenced in tumor cells and pave the way for a new type of targeted cancer therapy, report researchers at the Salk Institute for ...More
    August 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Stryker Corporation to Acquire Gaymar Industries
    Stryker Corporation announced today a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Gaymar Industries. Under the terms of the agreement, Stryker will acquire Gaymar Industries for approximately $150 million in cash. Gaymar specializes in support surface and pressure ulcer ...More
    August 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission Seeks Feedback on Universal Protocol Implementation
    In January 2010, the Joint Commission implemented revisions to the Universal Protocol (UP), interpreted as having a uniform method to assure safe practice whenever a surgical and invasive procedure is performed. As part of the Joint Commission's effort to improve this ...More
    August 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Detroit Healthcare Institutions Require Flu Vaccinations for Employees Who Work in Patient-Care Areas
    Henry Ford Health System, Detroit Medical Center and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center are requiring employees who work in patient-care areas, including high-risk areas, to receive an annual flu vaccination or wear a surgical mask while working in close proximity to ...More
    August 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • BioScience Laboratories Announces Testing Capabilities for NDM-1
    BioScience Laboratories has obtained seven clinical isolates of Carbapenem-Resistant (CR) Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli. These organisms provide a strong model for predicting a product's efficacy against superbugs such as the New Delhi metallo-a-lactamase 1 ...More
    August 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • AdvanSource Biomaterials Announces Patent for Antimicrobial Polymer to Combat MRSA
    AdvanSource Biomaterials Corporation announces that it has received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in connection with its patent application for an antimicrobial polymer designed to help fight MRSA infections caused by medical devices. ...More
    August 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Pathogens Delay Their Entry Into Cells
    Pathogens make themselves feel at home in the human body, invading cells and living off the plentiful amenities they offer. However, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, together with colleagues at Harvard University, reveal an opposite ...More
    August 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Mumps Vaccine Coverage Should Be Improved, Study Finds
    Although immunity to mumps is high in the United States, mumps vaccine coverage must be maintained and improved to prevent future outbreaks, according to a new study. ...More
    August 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Fit-Testing Programs Challenged by Operational Issues
    Researchers from the University of Adelaide and the Communicable Disease Control Branch of the Department of Health in South Australia say that while the medical literature supports the need for practical training in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), ...More
    August 24, 2010 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions