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  • Features of Replication Suggest Viruses Have Common Themes, Vulnerabilities
    A study of the reproductive apparatus of a model virus is bolstering the idea that broad classes of viruses -- including those that cause important human diseases such as AIDS, SARS and hepatitis C -- have features in common that could eventually make them vulnerable to ...More
    August 14, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • The Quest for Better Primary Care
    Did you know that there is the potential to prevent more than 4 million hospitalizations annually by improving the quality of primary care, enhancing patients' access to effective treatments, and getting more Americans to adopt healthy behaviors? It’s common sense, and it’s ...More
    August 13, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Study Says Cranberries Provide Urinary Tract Protection for up to Two Years
    LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO, Mass. -- According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in five women will develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) during her lifetime, and 20 percent of those will have UTIs on a recurrent basis. The good news is that cranberry research supports not ...More
    August 13, 2007 Posted in News
  • HealthEast Care System to Use Premier’s SafetySurveillor
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Patients at HealthEast Care System of St. Paul, Minn., will be better protected from healthcare associated infections (HAIs) thanks to a cutting-edge solution from the Premier Inc. healthcare alliance. HealthEast has signed an agreement with Premier to ...More
    August 13, 2007 Posted in News
  • Fear of Flying
    I just read an article from the August 8, 2007 issue of The Wall Street Journal, Sty in the Sky: The Filth of Flying which caught my attention—especially as I am preparing to board an aircraft this coming week. I travel quite regularly, and am amused when I see stories like ...More
    August 10, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Child Immunizations....
    I find it interesting how an article or news story can bring back a memory from long ago. We recently posted a news item onto the ICT website "New Survey Reveals Few Parents are Concerned about their Preteen or Teen Getting Whooping Cough" that made me recall a time from my ...More
    August 10, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • NIH Scientists Target Future Pandemic Strains of H5N1 Avian Influenza
    Preparing vaccines and therapeutics that target a future mutant strain of H5N1 influenza virus sounds like science fiction, but it may be possible, according to a team of scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the ...More
    August 10, 2007 Posted in News
  • Plan Now to Celebrate National Clean Hands Week in September
    National Clean Hands Week is Sept. 16-22, 2007. To access a National Clean Hands Week poster from the Soap and Detergent Association, CLICK HERE. ...More
    August 8, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Ecolab to Acquire Microtek Medical Holdings
    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Ecolab Inc. announces it has agreed to purchase Microtek Medical Holdings Inc., an Alpharetta, Ga.-based manufacturer and marketer of infection control products for healthcare and acute care facilities. Microtek’s specialized product lines include ...More
    August 8, 2007 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • New Medicare Regulations Adopted to Reduce Certain HAIs and Medical Errors
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Under new Medicare regulations, hospitals will no longer receive higher payments for the additional costs associated with treating patients for certain hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and medical errors. The new rules will give hospitals a powerful ...More
    August 8, 2007 Posted in News