• Infection Control Today: Environmental Services
    Partners in Clean ES and SPD Staff Collaborate to Keep the SPD Spotless By Kris Ellis Each facility’s sterile processing department (SPD) is an indispensable component of the effort to provide excellent patient care. In order to be successful in their mission of providing ...More
    May 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Product Locator
    Medline Industries, Inc. The new HaloShield reusable underpads are designed to control odors by killing bacteria. They are infused with the patented HaloShield technology, which is a durable coating that binds chlorine molecules, used during a regular wash cycle, to nearly ...More
  • Identifying Appropriate Measures of Healthcare Performance
    HICPAC Issues Guidance Document on Mandatory Reporting of HAIs By Kelly Pyrek The concept of mandatory reporting of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) has caught fire among legislators, healthcare policy-makers, and clinicians looking to address a long-standing public ...More
    May 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Mandatory Certification: Raising the CS Bar
    Mandatory Certification: Raising the CS Bar By Kris Ellis Last June, the New Jersey Healthcare Advisory Board approved the first regulations in the United States requiring certification for central service (CS) professionals. Viewed by most as a triumph for the profession, ...More
    May 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Mandatory Reporting of HAIs: What is Your Role?
    Mandatory Reporting of HAIs: What is Your Role? By Marian McDonald, RN, MSN, CIC Four states, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri, and Florida, already have laws in place which require mandatory public reporting of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), and the California ...More
    May 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Reprocessing Flexible and Rigid Laryngoscopes:
    Reprocessing Flexible and Rigid Laryngoscopes: Are Quaternary Ammonium Disinfectants Adequate? By Lawrence F. Muscarella, PhD Laryngoscopes are one of several different types of rigid and flexible endoscopes sometimes referred to as ENT (or ear-nose-throat) endoscopes. ...More
  • CDC Adopts New Repellent Guidance for Upcoming Mosquito Season
    Americans have more options than ever to use in protecting themselves from mosquito bites. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance about effective mosquito repellents available in the United States. The updated guidance includes ...More
    April 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • Infectious Diseases Experts Back Bill to Fight Bad Bugs
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Infectious diseases experts are applauding the introduction of the "Project Bioshield II Act of 2005," a bill that is designed to better protect the nation against the growing threats of antibiotic-resistant infections and pandemic influenza, as well as ...More
    April 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • Researchers Study Protein's Role in Stopping Bacterial-Induced Inflammation
    SAN DIEGO -- In findings that could have implications for autoimmune disorders and drug-resistant bacterial infections, researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have identified a key protein involved in the appropriate shut-down of ...More
    April 27, 2005 Posted in News
  • Medline Acquires Assets of Meditron Canada/Medcare USA
    MUNDELEIN, Ill. --  Medline Industries Inc., the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, acquired the assets this week of Canada's largest manufacturer of small procedure trays. The move has cemented Medline's position as ...More
    April 27, 2005 Posted in News