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  • What If Infection Preventionists Went Away?
    A new survey indicates that early one-third of registered nurses (RNs) surveyed last month say they will not be working in their current job a year from now and close to half say they plan to alter their career path in the next one to three years in a way that would either ...More
    February 3, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Many Hospitals Fail to Reduce Infection Rates Despite Checklists
    Far too many hospitals fail to lower the rate of deadly central-line bloodstream infections despite the availability of a simple life-saving checklist proven to prevent hospital-acquired infections, says a new investigative article in the March issue of Consumer Reports. ...More
    February 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • FDA Extends Time Period for Transition from STERIS System 1 to Alternative
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it is extending the total recommended time period for transitioning from the STERIS System 1 processor to legally marketed alternatives. This document updates the “FDA Notice: Concerns about the Steris System ...More
    February 2, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Researchers Find 'Broad Spectrum' Antiviral
    Viruses are insidious creatures. They differ from each other in many ways, and they can mutate — at times seemingly at will, as with HIV — to resist a host of weapons fired at them. Complicating matters further is that new viruses are constantly emerging. One ...More
    February 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Consumer Reports Finds High Levels of Bacteria in Packaged Salad
    Consumer Reports’ latest tests of packaged leafy greens found bacteria that are common indicators of poor sanitation and fecal contamination, in some cases, at rather high levels. The story appears in the March 2010 issue of Consumer Reports and is also available free ...More
    February 2, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • The Countdown Is On...
    NO, I am not talking about time until Punxsutawney Phil's weather prediction from Gobbler's Knob.  It is only seven days until the 4th Annual ICT Virtual Conference on Professional Development begins. We are anticipating a great turn out as nearly 4,300 registrants ...More
    February 2, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Of Swine, Birds and Men
    Current research suggests that pandemic H1N1 influenza of swine origin has distinct means of transmission from the seasonal flu, yet does not result in the pathogenic severity of avian flu viruses. The related report by Chan et al, "Tropism and Innate Host Responses of the ...More
    February 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover How Foodborne Bacteria Induces Infected Immune Cells to Sabotage Their Own Defensive Response
    Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered how the virulent foodborne bacteria Listeria monocytogenes induces infected immune cells to sabotage their own defensive response. The studies offer insight into host-pathogen interactions and suggest potential ...More
    February 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Immune Protein Fends Off Exotic Virus
    A study published online on Feb. 1 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine shows that antiviral proteins called type I interferons (IFNs) are needed to fend off infection with an exotic mosquito-borne virus called Chikungunya virus. This pathogen, which causes high fevers ...More
    February 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • APIC-SHEA Partnership in Prevention Award is Announced
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiologists of America (SHEA) promote a culture of partnership that advances the implementation of scientific evidence into practice. The joint Partnership in ...More
    January 29, 2010 Posted in Blogs