• Use of Intranasal Flu Vaccine Does Not Show Unexpected Serious Risks
    Approximately 2.5 million people received the intranasal influenza vaccine the last 2 flu seasons, and a new study did not identify unexpected serious risks associated with use of this vaccine, according to an article to be published in the Dec. 7, 2005 issue of JAMA. ...More
    December 5, 2005 Posted in News
  • Kimberly-Clark Awarded Novation Contract for Patient-Warming System
    ROSWELL, Ga. ­- Kimberly-Clark Health Care announced today that Novation, the contracting arm of VHA Inc. and the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), has awarded the company a three-year contract for the KIMBERLY-CLARK* Patient Warming System.   After a ...More
    December 2, 2005 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves First Test to Screen for West Nile Virus in Donors of Blood, Organs, Cells and Tissues
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the approval of the first West Nile virus (WNV) blood test to screen donors of blood, organs, cells and tissues. The Procleix WNV Assay, developed by Gen-Probe Inc., and marketed by Chiron Corporation, detects viral ...More
    December 2, 2005 Posted in News
  • Businesses Believe Pandemic Flu a Threat but Few Prepared
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. companies view an influenza pandemic as a real threat to the nation, but two-thirds believe they have inadequately planned to protect themselves in the event of an outbreak, according to a survey released today by the Deloitte Center for Health ...More
    December 2, 2005 Posted in News
  • Nearly $30 Million Committed to Microbicide Development
    SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The search for a microbicide for women received a major boost today with announcements from four European governments totaling nearly $30 million in new funding for the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM).  Announced on World AIDS ...More
    December 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • Purchasing Power
    Purchasing Power Evaluating and Procuring Surgical Supplies By Kathy Dix and Kris Ellis Healthcare purchasers are often faced with a wealth of information — an overwhelming amount of data that requires days or weeks to wade through, making supply evaluation and purchasing a ...More
    December 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Environmental Services
    ENVIRONMENTAL SURFACE CLEANING First Defense Against Infectious Agents By Kathy Dix and Jennifer Schraag Infectious organisms lurking on healthcare surfaces contribute to nosocomial infection. Proper management and eradication methods are imperative in striving for a clean ...More
    WHO Issues Guidelines on Hand Hygiene To fight the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are launching the Global Patient Safety Challenge with the theme, “Clean Care is Safer Care.” As part of the launch, an ...More
  • Infection Control Today: Clinical Update
    Infection Control Practices for the Immunocompromised Patient Population By Kathy Dix Caring for immunocompromised patients requires much greater vigilance than in other departments of the hospital. The patient’s natural defense mechanisms are suppressed due to an immune ...More
    December 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Occupational Health
    Occupational Health A Shot in the Arm? By Jennifer Schraag Occupational Health and Safety within the healthcare community has evolved, but current requests aren’t being met by the majority of healthcare workers. The debate on annual influenza immunizations continues to stir ...More
    December 1, 2005 Posted in Articles