• Bard Signs Agreement to Acquire Venetec International, Inc.
    MURRAY HILL, N.J. -- C. R. Bard, Inc. announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Venetec International, Inc., for a purchase price of approximately $166 million in cash. Venetec, located in San Diego, markets the StatLock line of catheter securement systems. ...More
    March 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • HHS Buys Additional Antiviral Medication as Preparations for Potential Influenza Pandemic Continue
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt today announced the purchase of additional antiviral drugs that could be used in the event of a potential influenza pandemic. The department has ordered 1.75 million treatment courses of antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza) from ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • OSAP 2006 Symposium to be Held June 1-4, 2006
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) announces its 2006 Infection Prevention Symposium, “Thriving in Today’s Uncertain World,” which will take place June 1-4 at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa in Tucson, Ariz. The leading experts ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • The New View on Latex Allergies
    The New View on Latex Allergies By Kathy Dix When latex allergies first became prevalent in the early 1990s, there were many misconceptions about what actually defined an allergy. Many healthcare workers (HCWs) who assumed they were allergic to latex actually had developed ...More
  • Baptist Health Aims to Change Culture in Surgical Suite, Improve ClinicalCare
    Baptist Health Medical Center, a 650-bed facility in Little Rock, Ark., continually works to be at the forefront of clinical improvement to maintain its high-quality patient care. In 2003, the organization partnered with VHA Inc., a national alliance of not-for-profit ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: case study
    Efficacy Against Infectious Prions in Instrument Reprocessing By Dieter Rudin A2005 study by Urs Rosenberg, PhD,1 addressed the effectiveness of cleaning processes in instrument washers, and at the same time, also explored the issue of prion contamination and ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • CS and OR
    CS and OR Forging a Patient Safety Alliance By Kris Ellis Central service (CS) and operating room (OR) personnel share a common goal: the provision of excellent patient care and positive outcomes. Technological innovation and scientific advancements have produced extensive ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Maintaining a Sharps Safety Focus Maintaining a Sharps Safety Focus
    Maintaining a Sharps Safety Focus Maintaining a Sharps Safety Focus By Kris Ellis The International Healthcare Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia recently reported that data collected from 48 U.S. healthcare facilities in 2003 via the EPINet surveillance ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • HAIs and SSIs:
    HAIs and SSIs: National Initiatives Aim to Control These Killers By Kelly M. Pyrek The move toward mandatory reporting of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) is just one way that transparency of healthcare delivery and increased accountability on the part of healthcare ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • When Does Your SPD Need Help?
    When Does Your SPD Need Help? By Kent A. Pedersen How do you recognize when it is time to take a hard look at your sterile processing department (SPD)’s productivity? There are three big indicators that your SPD may be in trouble. The No. 1 indicator that problems are on ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles