• Nurses on the Front Line: Preparing for Bioterror
    It’s a fact that hasn’t always been recognized by disaster planners: when it comes to preparing for bioterrorism, nurses will be on the front line, and with a major, direct role in providing patient care and making other critical “first responder” decisions. A new training ...More
    February 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Pall Presents Prion Technology to Department of Health and Human Services Blood Safety Advisory Committee
    EAST HILLS, N.Y. -- Pall Corporation was invited by the Advisory Committee for Blood Safety and Availability of the Department of Health and Human Services to present the latest data on its innovative prion reduction technology in Bethesda, Md., last week. The company has ...More
    February 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • List of Cancer-Causing Agents Grows
    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The Department of Health and Human Services released its eleventh edition of the Report on Carcinogens, adding seventeen substances to the growing list of cancer-causing agents, bringing the total to 246. For the first time ever, viruses are ...More
    February 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today: Case Study
    Chlorhexidine: The “Preferred” Skin AntisepticIn August 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the following Category IA recommendation (CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Aug. 9, 2002/Vol.51/No.RR-10): With respect to catheter ...More
    February 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Microbiology 101 for the ICP
    Microbiology 101 for the ICPBy John RoarkA symbiotic connection between infection control and microbiology is essential. Understanding the basics of this vast area of study is the first step in establishing this connection.“It is important for the infection control ...More
    February 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Case Study
    Transparent Membrane Dressings: a Q&A Because Dr. Dennis Maki’s interview in this issue of ICT mentions transparent polyurethane film dressings, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines respecting their use, ICT thought it would be timely to ...More
    February 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Perspectives
    The Reformation of a National Institution Combating the Burden of HAIs: A British Perspective By John Hughes and Tracey Armitage “A failing National Health Service that puts patients at risk in hospitals that are dirty and riddled with deadly bacteria.” In Control editor ...More
    February 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Infection Control Today: Clinical Update
    Outbreak Investigation and Surveillance Using Technology to Track an Epidemic By Kathy Dix With so many emerging infectious diseases, and new concerns about surgical instruments and other equipment carrying the diseases, outbreak investigation has gone high-tech. Infection ...More
    February 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Case Study
    How to Secure a Peripheral IV Catheter By Bonnie Trottier, RN, CRNI Ask most nurses what is the best way to secure a peripheral intravenous (IV) catheter, and you’ll hear only slight variations on a theme. While techniques differ some between institutions, standard practice ...More
    February 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: OR Topics
    Sterility Assurance Through Quality Control By Heide Ames, BS, and Sandra Lee, BSM, RN Sterility assurance plays a very important role in the delivery of quality patient care. In healthcare facilities worldwide, sterility assurance activities in the central service (CS) ...More
    February 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization