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  • Discarding Data a Dastardly Deed, Consumer Advocates Assert
    By now you may have heard that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has purged infection data from hospital records dating from 2005 to 2008 because it believed this data was too expensive to maintain and, according to a report from the St. Louis ...More
    August 17, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Researchers Develop Coating That Safely Kills MRSA on Contact
    Building on an enzyme found in nature, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a nanoscale coating for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces which safely eradicates methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the bacteria ...More
    August 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • HCW Flu Vaccination Rates Up 13% in Annual Challenge
    Joint Commission Resources (JCR) announced the successful results of its second annual Flu Vaccination Challenge. Participating healthcare organizations reached a 76 percent flu vaccination average, a 13 percent increase over the average reported for last year’s challenge ...More
    August 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Lab is Developing Rapid Test for Cultivated Pathogens
    Researchers at Rice University have won federal support to develop a genomic test that can quickly determine whether a disease outbreak is caused by a natural pathogen or one that was grown in a lab by terrorists. The three-year grant -- Rice's first from the Defense Threat ...More
    August 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Drug Candidates Demonstrate Significant Inhibition of Herpes Virus Infection
    NanoViricides, Inc. reports that its anti-herpes drug candidates demonstrated significant efficacy in the recently completed cell culture studies. The studies were performed in the laboratory of Dr. Ken Rosenthal at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and ...More
    August 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Equinox Surgical Solutions Launches SutureAssist
    Equinox Surgical Solutions LLC announces the launch of its new product, SutureAssist®, designed and developed by board-certified OB/GYN surgeon Warren Volker, MD, PhD, and his team to improve patient and surgical team safety. This proprietary device lets surgeons and scrub ...More
    August 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Kimberly-Clark Professional Boosts Manufacturing to Meet Increasing Demand for Hand Hygiene Products
    Kimberly-Clark Professional has undertaken a series of improvements and investments in its San Antonio, Texas, facility to meet the growing global demand for its skin care products and other hygiene offerings. The upgrades have enabled the facility to increase production of ...More
    August 17, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Active Surveillance, Decolonization Associated With Decreased HAIs
    Fraser TG, et al. (2010) note a relationship between colonization and bacteremia, so they sought to evaluate the effects of an active surveillance program for Staphylococcus aureus linked to a decolonization protocol on the incidence of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) ...More
    August 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Expert Asks, Can HAI-Related Interventions Be 'Right-Sized?'
    A one-size-fits-all approach may not work for infection prevention and control efforts, says Kathryn B. Kirkland, MD, from the Section of Infectious Disease and International Health at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. In a commentary in the August issue ...More
    August 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Studies Pinpoint Key Targets for MRSA Vaccine
    Two recent studies provide evidence for a new approach to vaccines to prevent infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) – the leading cause of skin and soft tissue, bloodstream and lung infections in the United States. One demonstrates a way to ...More
    August 16, 2010 Posted in News