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  • New Insights Could Lead to a Better Pneumococcal Vaccine
    Discovery of a new, previously unknown mechanism of immunity suggests that there may be a better way to protect vulnerable children and adults against Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcal) infection, say researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard School of ...More
    September 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Tip of the Iceberg
    Well, I am finally getting caught up on my reading and web surfing--including our own site! I was reading Kelly Pyrek's blog posting from yesterday, "Licensure and Certification of CS/SPD Techs" and wonder if we are at the tip of the iceberg. I have been screaming for years ...More
    September 17, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Infection-Risk Warnings Needed in Ads for Medical Devices, Group Tells FDA
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ads for implantable medical devices should include warnings about the potential risk of infections and other complications according to Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumers Reports. Direct to consumer (DTC) ads for medical devices, such ...More
    September 17, 2008 Posted in News
  • UK Health Organizations Fight HAIs Through New Technologies
    Patients at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will be among the first in the country to benefit from new infection-beating technologies as the organization is named as a showcase trust. The Trust is one of only seven organizations in the UK to test a range of new ...More
    September 17, 2008 Posted in News
  • Protective Pathway in Stressed Cells Not So Helpful for Prions
    Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have discovered that an important cellular quality control mechanism may actually be toxic to some brain cells during prion infection. The research, published by Cell Press in the Sept. 16th issue of the journal ...More
    September 17, 2008 Posted in News
  • Healthcare System Decreases MRSA Infection Rate by 53 Percent
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Novant Health announces it has increased handwashing compliance from 49 percent to 99 percent and decreased methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection rates by 53 percent from 2005 to mid-year 2008 by implementing a hard-hitting, ...More
    September 17, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Mother's Flu Shot Protects Newborns
    Newborns can be protected from seasonal flu when their mothers are vaccinated during pregnancy, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers observed a 63 percent reduction in proven influenza illness among ...More
    September 17, 2008 Posted in News
  • Licensure and Certification of CS/SPD Techs
    The New York State Association of Central Service Professionals (NYSACSP) is encouraging the infection prevention community to join the sterile processing community in its quest to ensure that CS/SPD technicians are certified and licensed. The NYSACSP’s goal is to ...More
    September 16, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • NY State Association of Central Service Professionals Holds Annual Educational Seminar
    By Victoria SpencerThis year's meeting was another success for the New York State Association of Central Service Professionals. For the 140 attendees who joined us, they were part of another history-maker for our New York chapters. We would like to acknowledge our friends ...More
    September 16, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • CDC Urges More Children to Get Flu Shots
    For the first time, health officials are urging all kids going back to school to get a flu shot. It’s one of the changes being made after last year’s bad influenza season. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also reformulated the vaccine to better ...More
    September 15, 2008 Posted in News