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  • Healthcare System Decreases MRSA Infection Rate by 53 Percent
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Novant Health announces it has increased handwashing compliance from 49 percent to 99 percent and decreased methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection rates by 53 percent from 2005 to mid-year 2008 by implementing a hard-hitting, ...More
    September 17, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Mother's Flu Shot Protects Newborns
    Newborns can be protected from seasonal flu when their mothers are vaccinated during pregnancy, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers observed a 63 percent reduction in proven influenza illness among ...More
    September 17, 2008 Posted in News
  • Licensure and Certification of CS/SPD Techs
    The New York State Association of Central Service Professionals (NYSACSP) is encouraging the infection prevention community to join the sterile processing community in its quest to ensure that CS/SPD technicians are certified and licensed. The NYSACSP’s goal is to ...More
    September 16, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • NY State Association of Central Service Professionals Holds Annual Educational Seminar
    By Victoria SpencerThis year's meeting was another success for the New York State Association of Central Service Professionals. For the 140 attendees who joined us, they were part of another history-maker for our New York chapters. We would like to acknowledge our friends ...More
    September 16, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • CDC Urges More Children to Get Flu Shots
    For the first time, health officials are urging all kids going back to school to get a flu shot. It’s one of the changes being made after last year’s bad influenza season. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also reformulated the vaccine to better ...More
    September 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Herpes Drug Inhibits HIV in Patients Infected With Both Viruses
    Researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), McGillUniversity and other institutions have discovered how a simple antiviral drug developed decades ago suppresses HIV in patients who are also infected with herpes. Their study was published in the Sept. 11 ...More
    September 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study Reveals How Viruses Collectively Decide the Fate of a Bacterial Cell
    Georgia Tech postdoctoral scientist Yuriy Mileyko, graduate student Richard Joh and biology assistant professor Joshua Weitz discuss viral dynamics. A new study suggests that bacteria-infecting viruses – called phages – can make collective decisions about ...More
    September 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Is Re-Emerging Superbug the Next MRSA?
    MAYWOOD, Ill. – Dr. Ed Corboy had no idea what was afflicting his 80-year-old mother, Joan Corboy. All he knew for certain was that since being treated for what was a routine diarrheal infection, she seemed to be wasting away and none of her doctors or other health ...More
    September 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Hitch a Ride in Cars
    Ever tire of those fascinating little tidbits about microbial life? Me neither! So that’s why I thought I’d share the latest little gem coming out of the UK’s Aston University, where microbiologists discovered that the average car has 283 different types ...More
    September 15, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Sage Products Poll Reveals Top Infection Control Prevention Priorities
    Sage Products, Inc. recently conducted an opinion poll that found that infection control practitioners’ (ICPs) top infection prevention priorities are (in order of priority):1. Multiple drug-resistant organisms (MDROs), 28%2. Surgical site infections, 24%3. ...More
    September 12, 2008 Posted in News