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  • New Research Points to Prevalence of Acinetobacter in the Community
    New research by Sengstock, et al. in the latest issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, a journal of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, points to increased prevalence and resistance of Acinetobacter species in the community; they point to  patients with ...More
    May 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • C. diff Poll Reveals Increased Control Efforts by Hospitals
    Despite additional measures being taken to prevent and control the spread of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) within national healthcare institutions, one-third of infection preventionists surveyed believe their facilities should be doing more to prevent this sometimes ...More
    May 19, 2010 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • New York Health System Demonstrates the Power of Aiming for Zero Infections
    When the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJHS) in Great Neck, N.Y., sets its sights on achieving as close to a zero tolerance of infections as possible, it knew it faced an intricate and complex journey, but according to Karen Nelson, RN, vice president of ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Achieving Zero Infections is Our Greatest Challenge
    All around the world prevention and reduction of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is undergoing a resurgence. Levels of media, public, business and political engagement in HAI prevention and reduction in the developed world are unprecedented. Regardless, achieving ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Clinicians Share Their Thoughts on Getting to Zero
    ICT asked clinicians for their thoughts on zero tolerance of infections:“I think there are two issues with the focus on zero in the era of public reporting. The CDC’s healthcare-acquired infection definitions, particularly the BSI, classify many infections as ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Prevention's Involvement Essential in Healthcare Construction
    Central to the prevention of opportunistic-pathogen transmission during any construction activity, be it new build or renovation projects, is the infection control risk assessment (ICRA). The ICRA is the tool with which the construction team can determine the levels of ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Airborne Transmission: An Issue More Hospitals Should Heed
    Transmission of airborne infectious disease is on the radar of every infection preventionist, but convincing a healthcare facility’s stakeholders to give adequate attention to the air quality needed to prevent transmissions is not always an easy task. Convincing ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Using Technology to Stop Airborne Pathogens
    John Pierson is manager of product development for Fiberlock Technologies, and shared with ICT the ins and outs of improving indoor air quality in healthcare settings. Q: In an outbreak/pandemic scenario, what practices should automatically change to keep transmission of ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Smallpox and HIV: New Research
    The elimination of smallpox may have created a window of opportunity for the HIV epidemic years later, according to new interesting new research coming out of George Mason University. Researcher Richard Weinstein, of the university’s biodefense program, says that ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Quickly Evolving Bacteria Could Improve Digestive Health
    When the forces of evolution took over an experimental strain of bacteria, it derailed an experiment Duke and North Carolina State researchers thought they were conducting, but led to something much more profound instead.The researchers used a colony of mice raised in a ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in News