• HHS Unveils Two New Efforts to Advance Pandemic Flu Preparedness
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in cooperation with departments and agencies across the Federal Government, announced two new efforts designed to improve state, local and community preparedness for ...More
    February 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • 2007 Infection Prevention Heroes Calendar Recognizes APIC Members
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The second annual “Heroes of Infection Prevention” Calendar recognizing infection prevention and control professionals and epidemiologists from throughout the world has been released by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and ...More
    February 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Rx for Wrong-Site Surgery: Two Minutes of Conversation
    A study of Johns Hopkins surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses suggests that hospital policies requiring a brief pre-operation ”team meeting” to make sure surgery is performed on the right patient and the right part of the body could decrease errors. In the study, which ...More
    February 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Cardinal Health Complies With New FDA Glove Rule Two Years Ahead of Deadline
    McGAW PARK, Ill. -- Cardinal Health, a leading provider of products and services supporting the healthcare industry, today announces the medical gloves it manufactures already meet or exceed new barrier standards from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that are set to ...More
    February 1, 2007 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Muscle-Building Exercise Improves Response to Flu Shot
    Bicep curls don’t just tone your arms: A new study has found that a brief session of muscle-building exercise before receiving a flu shot can enhance a person’s immune response. The immune system’s reaction differs markedly between men and women, however, and exactly how ...More
    February 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Dendritic Cell Receptor May be Key to HIV Vaccine
    HIV vaccine science has hit a bit of a wall. For a vaccine to be really effective, it should be able to recruit different areas of the immune system. It should get one set of immune cells, called helper T cells, to recognize the AIDS virus and spur on another set of immune ...More
    February 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Scrubs as Streetwear
    The scrubs-as-streetwear debate has been ongoing for more than a decade and no definitive resolution has been made. Should healthcare workers (HCWs) be allowed to wear their scrubs outside the hospital walls? Wear them home? Wash them at home? Wear them upon their return to ...More
    February 1, 2007 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Washed Away
    DURING A 2006 interview with ICT, Andrew J. Streifel, hospital environment specialist with the department of environmental health and safety at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, spoke of an outbreak of Aspergillosis among a group of neonates in an American hospital. ...More
    February 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • TOC 02/2007
    Personal Protective Equipment Update: PPE’s Role in Standard and Contact Precautions By Jennifer Schraag The Do’s and Don’ts of Surgical Instrument Handling By Kathy Dix Washed Away: Why Proper Laundry Protocols Can Close the Gap in Infection Prevention By Jennifer Schraag ...More
    February 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Calendar
    FEBRUARY 2007 6 APIC Grand Rounds: A Call to Action -- Elimination of MRSA TransmissionPhiladelphia www.apic.org MARCH 2007 6 APIC Grand Rounds: A Call to Action -- Elimination of MRSA TransmissionSt. Louis www.apic.org 10-15 Association of periOperative Registered Nurses ...More
    February 1, 2007 Posted in Articles