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  • How to Evaluate Respirators
    ICT introduces a new, regular column in which members of industry suggest strategies for the evaluation and purchasing of infection prevention and control products. This month we take a look at respirators. Participants: — Grant Rowe, product manager for respiratory ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • AICE® Continuum Simplifies HAI Data Reporting to NHSN
    Healthcare facilities in more than 20 states are now required to report healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). To meet this mandate, infection preventionists (IPs) need more efficient ways to collect, analyze and report ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Brain Structure Assists in Immune Response
    For the first time, a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have imaged in real time the body’s immune response to a parasitic infection in the brain. The complete findings, published in the current issue of the journal ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Running Out of Options to Fight Superbugs
    People are dying from "superbugs" because our antibiotic arsenal has run dry, leaving the world without sufficient weapons to fight ever-changing bacteria, warn infectious disease researchers at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.In a Jan. 29 perspective in ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Discovery Could Lead to a New Animal Model for Hepatitis C
    During its career, the potentially fatal hepatitis C virus has banked its success on a rather unusual strategy: its limitations. Its inability to infect animals other than humans and chimpanzees has severely hampered scientists in developing a useful small animal model for ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Make Malaria Parasite Work to Reveal its Own Vulnerabilities
    Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis stepped aside and let Plasmodium falciparum, one of the deadliest strains of malaria, do a significant portion of the genetic engineering work in their new study. With that help, they could unambiguously ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Patients' Bath Basins Increase Risk for HAIs
    Patients across the country may be opening themselves up to infection as a result of bathing practices applied in hospitals. According to a study published in the January 2009 American Journal of Critical Care, bath basins are a significant source for the transmission of ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Debate Over Wearing Gloves to Position Patients
    Lee from South Dakota says, “As a staff member in a 14-suite surgical unit, the vice president of operative services tells us that we should no longer wear gloves when positioning patients. She says it is a waste of money. She relates the positioning of patients to ...More
    January 28, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • A New Name for the CDC?
    It looks like APIC may have been on to something when it changed your title from infection control practitioner to infection preventionist, with an emphasis on the word prevention; now, a company called U.S. Preventive Medicine is making noise about changing the name of the ...More
    January 28, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Predicting the Future Spread of Infectious-Disease Vectors
    As global warming raises concerns about potential spread of infectious diseases, a team of researchers has demonstrated a way to predict the expanding range of human disease vectors in a changing world.Researchers from Australia and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have ...More
    January 28, 2009 Posted in News