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  • All in a Day’s Work …
    "I had no idea what I was getting into," says Tammy Beahm, RN, BSN, CIC, historically an ICU nurse and today one half of the two-person infection control (IC) team at one of Arizona’s largest healthcare campuses — Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, located in ...More
    April 1, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Providing Safe Surgical Instruments: Factors to Consider
    There are many steps involved with the preparation of sterile surgical instruments. All of these steps must be performed correctly to ensure a safe product for the patient. When shortcuts are taken, a failure in the process can result. Moreover, this failure may not be ...More
    April 1, 2008 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Rewarding Employees for Good Behavior Can Improve Infection Prevention
    Everyone likes compliments, whether they acknowledge it or not. Everyone likes rewards, too. There has been some debate in modern business about whether punishment is more effective than reward, but recent studies indicate that rewards may be the way to go if you want to ...More
    April 1, 2008 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • What are the Secrets of Your Success?
    I’m pleased that February’s cover story on zero tolerance initiatives generated comments and questions from readers, because it deviated from our normal coverage of clinical issues in order to explore some of the underlying issues relating to human ...More
    April 1, 2008 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Can Medicine Be Made Mistake-Proof ?
    It has been more than eight years since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its groundbreaking report, "To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System," which triggered renewed attention to the problem of medical errors.1 In that time, numerous patient safety ...More
    April 1, 2008 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • MRSA in Hospital Intensive Care Units … What's Growing Where?
    Researchers are finding out which bugs grow in intensive care units to develop a novel sampling regime that would indicate the threat of MRSA and other superbugs in the environment. This news was announced at the Society for General Microbiology’s 162nd meeting being ...More
    March 31, 2008 Posted in News
  • Purdue Biologists Discover How Dengue Virus Matures, Becomes Infectious
    By Emil Venere Biologists at PurdueUniversity have determined why dengue virus particles undergo structural changes as they mature in host cells and how the changes are critical for enabling the virus to infect new host cells. The findings pertain to all viruses in the ...More
    March 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • Nursing Shortage About to Take a Turn for the Worse
    More emphasis than ever before is being placed on upping staffing ratios as a benefit to infection prevention and control efforts. The latest from experts about the protracted nursing shortage is unwelcome news. According to researchers, we should brace ourselves for a ...More
    March 28, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Launch First Comprehensive Database of Human Oral Microbiome
    Scientists know more today than ever before about the microbes that inhabit our mouths. They know so much, in fact, that gathering all of the relevant bits of information into one place when designing experiments can be a labor-intensive job in itself. Now, grantees of the ...More
    March 27, 2008 Posted in News
  • Kiss a Teenager, Get the Flu?
    In a pandemic flu scenario, children and teenagers may be the biggest culprits in terms of transmission of infection. Researchers in Europe who have studied social contacts and mixing patterns relevant to the spread of infectious diseases say that youths age 5 to 19 are ...More
    March 27, 2008 Posted in Blogs