• HIV Testing Day Focuses Attention on Missed Opportunities at the Doctor's Office
    This HIV Testing Day, June 27, 2006, the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) urges all sexually active adults to get tested at any of the thousands of testing sites set up around the country. But at the same time, HIVMA notes that every day countless opportunities are missed ...More
    June 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • Don’t Count Your Chickens ...
    … before they’re hatched, or in this case, don’t assume that the world was unaffected by avian influenza until last year. The New York Times is reporting today that editors of a prestigious medical journal were asked by a team of authors to withdraw from publication a paper ...More
    June 23, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • Dangerous Ink
    The MMWR is such an interesting treasure trove of infection-related goodies. This week’s edition is running a fascinating report of CA-MRSA outbreaks among tattoo recipients that were identified by hospital ICPs and reported to local health departments in Ohio, Kentucky, ...More
    June 22, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • Going to Pieces Over a Disagreement Among Departments
    Question: I’m the new sterile processing manager at my facility. Administration, my staff, and I am having a conflict regarding the appropriate decontamination and sterialization of instrumentation that comes apart. Will you please send me your recommendations for the ...More
    June 22, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Hand-Washing of Instruments Prior to Auto-Washing
    Question: At our facility, the CS staff insists on hand-washing all instruments before they are put into the washer/disinfector because they say if they don't, the instruments don't get clean. I have found several articles related to both manual cleaning and mechanical ...More
    June 22, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Moisture in a Steam Sterilizer
    Question: In a steam sterilizer, should there be any moisture inside the door gasket after the warm-up, Bowie Dick test, or even after running a test pack in an empty sterilizer? -- JB, Massachusetts Answer: No! Check with your manufacturer and your maintenance department; ...More
    June 22, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Should Surveillance Cultures be Done on All New Admissions?
    Question: Since HAIs are going to be a reportable for all states fairly soon in the future, is it prudent for healthcare facilities to do surveillance cultures on all new admits to identify colonized patients? – LC, Atlanta Answer: Individual states have looked at laws ...More
    June 22, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Researchers Get to the Heart of a Tropical Disease
    A new study found that mice lacking a gene crucial to the normal functioning of their immune systems didn’t become ill when they were exposed to a pathogen that causes a horrendous infection in the liver and the spleen. The pathogen, called Leishmania donovani, infects ...More
    June 22, 2006 Posted in News
  • Tracking Computer-Based Error Reports Improves Patient Safety
    To err is human, but asking nurses, physicians and other hospital staff to report medication errors and log them into a computer database can help improve patient safety systems as well as human error rates, according to a study from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. ...More
    June 22, 2006 Posted in News
  • Surveillance Cuts Infection Rates in Dialysis Patients
    LONDON --The number of infections and hospitalizations among dialysis patients can be reduced by using a surveillance system designed to monitor bloodstream infection, according to a recent study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Researchers at the Imperial College of ...More
    June 21, 2006 Posted in News