• Consumers, Caregivers Taking Steps to Safer Surgery
    Leading consumer advocacy groups have joined with the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) to improve patient safety during surgery and increase communication between patients and their caregivers. Of the 40 million inpatient and outpatient surgeries patients undergo ...More
    October 24, 2006 Posted in News
  • Cell Wall of Pneumonia Bacteria Can Cause Brain and Heart Damage
    Investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have discovered in mouse models how cell walls from certain pneumonia-causing bacteria can cause fatal heart damage; researchers have also shown how antibiotic therapy can contribute to this damage by increasing the ...More
    October 24, 2006 Posted in News
  • Premier Inc. Healthcare Alliance Acquires Cereplex, Inc.
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Premier Inc. healthcare alliance announced today that it has acquired Cereplex, Inc., to rapidly spread breakthrough technology for reducing hospital infections and overuse of antibiotics. “Cereplex represents a perfect fit with our alliance’s goal of ...More
    October 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • 75 Percent of College Students Report Risk Factors for Hepatitis C
    College undergraduates in the United States do not recognize the magnitude of their risk behaviors for contracting Hepatitis C, according to a survey conducted at a large Midwestern university. Researchers found that 75 percent of undergraduates in this study had a ...More
    October 23, 2006 Posted in News
  • It's Bare Bones for Some IC Programs
    Our current ICT poll question, which asks, “Do you have adequate resources to run your infection prevention and control program effectively?” underscores what I’ve been hearing quite often from infection control practitioners lately. Out of the 276 votes cast so far, almost ...More
    October 20, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • Hardware: Return to Sender?
    Question: I work for a multi-disciplinary ambulatory surgery center in northern Minnesota and I was wondering about hardware removals. To date, we handwash the hardware (pins, screws etc.) peel-pack, and steam sterilize for 4 minutes. Personally, I have never been a fan of ...More
    October 20, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Looking for SPD Standards and Recommendations?
    Question: I work in a doctor's office and was wondering where I can find the most current recommendations on the central sterilizing procedures and how to set up the area to include dirty and clean. -- PH, Iowa Answer: So glad you asked! You may go to www.iahcsmm.org and ...More
    October 20, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Study Shows Cleaning Agent Reduces MRSA by Half
    MANCHESTER, England -- An antibacterial cleaning agent recently confirmed as a killer of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has now completed a successful six-month study at a leading NHS hospital which is widely ...More
    October 20, 2006 Posted in News
  • 3M Introduces New 3M Ioban 2 Antimicrobial Incise Drape 6661EZ to Provide a Simplified Application
    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- 3M announced at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress last week the national introduction of the 3M Ioban 2 antimicrobial incise drape 6661EZ, a unique antimicrobial surgical drape designed with a “picture frame” delivery system. The ...More
    October 20, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Malaria in the Middle East: New Study Reveals Worrying Trend
    Malaria is not usually thought of as a major disease in the Middle East, but a study from Yemen in this week’s British Medical Journal reveals worryingly high levels of severe malaria in children. In fact, the figures show that as many as 4 out of 10 children attending ...More
    October 20, 2006 Posted in News