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  • Study Examines, Compares Bacteria in the Nose and Throat
    Scientists have completed the most comprehensive comparative analysis to date of bacterial communities inhabiting the human nose and throat, which could provide new insights into why some individuals become colonized with pathogens while others do not. They release their ...More
    June 21, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • SHEA Survey: Field Needs Increased Research
    The July issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (Vol. 31, No. 7) features an article that no infection preventionist should miss: “Charting the Course for the Future of Science in Healthcare Epidemiology: Results of a Survey of the Membership of the ...More
    June 21, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • New System to Quickly Detect, Warn of Bioterrorism Signals
    North Carolina will be the national model for a new system to detect the earliest signs of an impending bioterrorism attack and provide warnings in time to minimize damage to human and animal life as well as the environment. The model, called North Carolina Bio-Preparedness ...More
    June 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop World’s First Plastic Antibodies
    UC Irvine researchers have developed the first “plastic antibodies” successfully employed in live organisms – stopping the spread of bee venom through the bloodstream of mice.Tiny polymeric particles – just 1/50,000th the width of a human hair ...More
    June 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • AMA Weighs Infection Hazard Posed by Medical Attire
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 99,000 people die every year from infections acquired while in hospitals. "The goal in our profession is to help cure you not introduce you to another deadly infection," says Dr. Charles Kinder, director of ...More
    June 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Pennsylvania Requires Nurse Circulators in the OR
    The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), announces its support for Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell’s signing of HB 1641 requiring the presence of a circulating nurse in certain operating rooms.  The bill, signed into law on June 16, applies to any ...More
    June 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • FDA Fines American Red Cross for Failures to Meet Blood-Safety Laws
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that the American Red Cross has been fined $16 million for prior failures to comply with Federal laws and regulations related to the collection and manufacture of blood products.Despite the compliance failures, FDA ...More
    June 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Can Disposable Instruments be Re-Sterilized?
    An ICT reader in Texas asks, “Can Pakistan disposable instruments be re-sterilized after use?  If so, how many times can they be sterilized?” Michele DeMeo, sterile processing manager at Memorial Hospital in York, Pa., provides the following answer: ...More
    June 18, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Prior Exposure to Seasonal Influenza May Explain the Mildness of the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic
    Hong Kong researchers suggest a new theory for why swine flu infections turned out to be so mild. Prior exposure to seasonal influenza A, either infection or vaccination, may induce a cross-reactive immune response against the pandemic virus. They report their findings in ...More
    June 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Test May Simply and Rapidly Detect Lyme Disease
    Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have developed a more sensitive test for Lyme disease that may offer earlier detection and lower cost. The details are reported in the June 2010 issue of the journal Clinical and Vaccine Immunology. Lyme disease is a ...More
    June 18, 2010 Posted in News