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  • Medical Residents Score Poorly in Diagnosing and Managing Tuberculosis
    When quizzed about their knowledge in diagnosing tuberculosis and deciding on the best treatment, medical residents in Baltimore and Philadelphia get almost half the answers wrong, according to a survey by TB disease experts at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere. In the survey, ...More
    August 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • CDC Urges Parents to Protect Preteens with Three Recommended Vaccines
    ATLANTA -- As children approach their teen years, parents often worry about how to protect them from new risks and potential dangers. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today launched a campaign to educate parents about one of the things they ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Federal Funding Awarded to Test Antimicrobial Properties of Copper Metals
    NEW YORK -- Congressionally appropriated funds to determine the antimicrobial effectiveness of copper, brass and bronze have been awarded to the Copper Development Association, announced CDA president Andrew G. Kireta Sr. One study will focus on the ability of copper metals ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Taming the Anthrax Threat
    Shown here is a Bacillus anthracis spore, the bacterium that causes anthrax, magnified 92,000 times. Photo: University of Michigan/Journal of Bacteriology In the American government’s biodefense efforts, the potential for terrorists to cause a deadly anthrax outbreak ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Deciding if New HPV and Herpes Zoster Vaccines are Right for Patients
    For more than 200 years, vaccines have played an important role in the prevention of infectious diseases. In the United States, measles, mumps and rubella are now rare diseases thanks to vaccines. Now, two vaccines recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Celebrating and Saluting ICPs
    Jeanne Pfeiffer, a former president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) once wrote an excellent article defining the role and the future of infection control practitioners. She is quite right when she noted, “ICPs are at a ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • The ‘Unique’ Autoclave Load: Sterilizing Liquid Media
    When it comes to the steam sterilization of liquid media, there are a number of user concerns that are handled in various ways. Monitoring these cycles with biological indicators (BIs) and the various restrictions and cycle modifications that are done can lead to a false ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • News
    New MRSA Study Reveals Infection Rates are Eight Times Greater Than Previous Estimates The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has released initial results from a nationwide study of 1,237 U.S. healthcare facilities, examining the ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
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    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Public Reporting of HAIs: Where Do We Stand Now?
    When a patient at a healthcare facility gets an infection, staff members are expected to immediately mobilize resources to stop it. But not all healthcare organizations are on the same page when it comes to addressing the problem of how many such infections occur in the ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles