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  • How to Prevent Cross-Contamination
    As hospitals continue to increase investments in technology, they expand the amount of equipment they need, which raises the possibility of cross-contamination. Studies show that hospital keyboards in particular are infectious hazard points that are difficult to disinfect. ...More
  • Proper Medical Waste Handling Reaps Fiscal Rewards, Infection Prevention
    Effective disposal of medical waste goes hand in hand with infection prevention, and efficient disposal goes hand in hand with fiscal responsibility. Taking a green perspective to medical waste is good for the environment, the bottom line, and can benefit infection control ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • SPD Staffs Face Old Problems but New Standards Offer Help
    The core of sterile processing is the same: remove as much bioburden from instruments as possible, then sterilize properly. The definition of “proper” and how to achieve it, however, spurs controversy. To the rescue: the updating of the Association for the Advancement of ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • It’s Time to Operate. Do You Know Where Your Instruments Are?
    The average patient has no idea that materials management or biomedical engineering departments exist, but without these departments, patients would have a radically different experience. Surgeries would come to a grinding halt and efficiency would fly out the window. Staff ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • TOC August 2007
    It’s Time to Operate. Do You Know Where Your Instruments Are? By Michelle Beaver Public Reporting of HAIs: Where Do We Stand Now? By Alan Reder Proper Waste Handling Reaps Fiscal Rewards, Infection Prevention By Michelle Beaver SPD Staffs Face Old Problems but New Standards ...More
    August 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • When's the Best Time for an ICP to Make Rounds?
    Q: We are having a discussion here at the UniversityHospital and I was wanting your opinion. When is the best time for the infection control practitioner to do infection control rounds? Should it be at the beginning of the day before the first surgery begins? Should it be ...More
    July 31, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • New Report Details Realities of Seasonal Flu Vaccine Distribution
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A new report from the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) details how the flu vaccine supply chain operates, and provides data explaining why some physicians experienced delays in receiving flu vaccine despite record-breaking vaccine ...More
    July 31, 2007 Posted in News
  • Novavax Begins Human Clinical Testing of Novel Pandemic Flu Vaccine
    ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Novavax, Inc. announces that it has begun vaccinating healthy volunteers in the first human clinical trial of its virus-like particle (VLP) based pandemic influenza vaccine. The Phase I/IIa randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial will evaluate the ...More
    July 31, 2007 Posted in News
  • Discovery in Plant Virus May Help Prevent HIV and Similar Viruses
    By Susan A. Steeves In a study that could lead to new ways to prevent infection by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and similar organisms, Purdue University researchers have been able to genetically modify a plant to halt reproduction of a related virus. Cauliflower ...More
    July 31, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Research May Predict Who is at Risk to Develop Lupus
    Certain families produce higher levels of a specific molecule, called interferon-alpha, that primes the body’s immune system to turn on, and in some cases initiate an autoimmune attack on itself, according to new research from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. ...More
    July 31, 2007 Posted in News