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  • Maryland Hospital Hand Hygiene Collaborative is Launched
    Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown today kicked off  the Maryland Hospital Hand Hygiene Collaborative campaign to enhance the prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in Maryland hospitals. HAIs are the most common adverse event encountered by hospitalized patients ...More
    November 5, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • It’s a Small (Contagious) World After All!
    Just when you thought that nothing could ruin the “happiest place on Earth,” it looks like swine flu fears have invaded Disney World and similar theme parks. Seen as potential petri dishes for the H1N1 influenza virus, attractions and other places where huge ...More
    November 4, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • CDC Solicits Input on Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a request for public comments on the agency’s draft guidelines for the prevention of intravascular catheter-related infections. Input is due on or before Dec. 3, 2009, and comments may be submitted via ...More
    November 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • When Should Flu Trigger a Shutdown?
    As flu season approaches, parents around the country are starting to face school closures. But how bad should an influenza outbreak be for a school to shut down? A study led by epidemiologists John Brownstein, PhD, and Anne Gatewood Hoen, PhD, of the Children's Hospital ...More
    November 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Lessons Learned from the Flu Vaccine Shortage
    What does the H1N1 influenza vaccine shortage teach us? Marc Siegel, writing on, observes, “The current shortage of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine was both predictable and largely avoidable. But it's not too late to remedy the situation. The last three ...More
    November 4, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Report on H1N1 Cases in California Shows Hospitalization Can Occur At All Ages, With Many Severe
    In contrast with some common perceptions regarding 2009 influenza A(H1N1) infections, an examination of cases in California indicates that hospitalization and death can occur at all ages, and about 30 percent of hospitalized cases have been severe enough to require ...More
    November 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Cruising for a Norovirus Infection?
    A team of researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Carney Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance and Tufts University School of Medicine, have found that widespread poor compliance with regular cleaning of public restrooms on cruise ships may predict ...More
    November 3, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Inappropriate Initial Antibiotic Treatment May Extend Stays for Patients with Healthcare-Associated Skin Infections
    Patients who acquire skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) in a hospital or other healthcare setting may be more likely to receive inappropriate antibiotic therapy at the beginning of their treatment. As a result, they also may have significantly longer hospital stays to ...More
    November 3, 2009 Posted in News
  • Common Pain Relievers May Dilute Power of Flu Shots
    With flu vaccination season in full swing, research from the University of Rochester Medical Center cautions that use of many common pain killers – Advil, Tylenol, aspirin – at the time of injection may blunt the effect of the shot and have a negative effect on ...More
    November 3, 2009 Posted in News
  • Guidance on H1N1 Influenza Diagnostic Tests Published by FDA
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today published a guidance document that should help manufacturers develop diagnostic tests for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. Although there are not any FDA-approved or cleared tests that diagnose this specific infection, during ...More
    November 2, 2009 Posted in News