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  • Bioburden-Related Incident Data
    David in New York asks, “Is there an established national average for the percentage of cases cleaned and processed by a central sterile department and how many bioburden-related incidents there are resulting from those cases being returned to the operating room? And ...More
    March 12, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Wearin’ of the Green
    “Green” is becoming an increasingly popular word in our vocabulary. There is a lot of talk about “going green.” This is generally a positive connotation, where each of us assumes responsibility for our carbon footprint and attempts to protect the ...More
    March 12, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Rabies Deaths Could be Eliminated
    Someone in the developing world – particularly in rural Africa - dies from a rabid dog bite every 10 minutes. But global elimination of this horrific disease appears to be possible, according to a team which includes scientists from McMaster University, Britain and ...More
    March 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • FDA Warns Consumers About Potentially Contaminated Cheese
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese Mexican style soft cheese (two specific lots) or any Queso Cotija Molido Mexican style grated cheese manufactured and distributed by Peregrina Cheese Corp. of New York ...More
    March 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • CDC Reminds Consumers to Avoid Eating Recalled Peanut Products
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), illnesses are still being reported among people who have eaten recalled peanut-derived products contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The agency says it is concerned that illnesses will continue to occur if ...More
    March 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Tissue-Cultured Smallpox Vaccine Appears Promising
    Administration of a tissue-cultured smallpox vaccine showed signs of an effective vaccine response with no serious adverse events, according to a study in the March 11 issue of JAMA. “The threat of smallpox bioterrorism has prompted reconsideration of the need for ...More
    March 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Consequences of Lyme Disease?
    I heard on the news this morning that the recent tragedy – an Illinois pastor being shot during a worship service last Sunday – is being considered as a consequence of Lyme disease in the man who committed the shooting. Another statement was tacked on to the ...More
    March 11, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Ditch the Foleys, Adopt Diapers to Address UTIs
    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- A leading cause of infections in hospitals can be dramatically reduced, says a recent study from Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC). The program, cheap and easy to implement, is sparking intrigue among medical experts across California. HPMC ...More
    March 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Key Molecules Inhibiting Viral Production
    The research, led by professor Donny Strosberg of Scripps Florida, was published on March 4, 2009, in the Journal of General Virology's advance, online edition, Papers in Press. In the new study, Strosberg and his colleagues describe peptides (molecules of two or more amino ...More
    March 10, 2009 Posted in News
  • NQF Calls for Faster Spread of Safe Practices
    To guide healthcare systems in providing care that is free from error and harm the National Quality Forum (NQF) is releasing its 2009 Safe Practices for Better Healthcare.  To accelerate the pace of adoption of Safe Practices nationwide, a year-long Webinar series will ...More
    March 10, 2009 Posted in News