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  • Study Reveals Promising Method for Reducing MRSA Infections in Hospital ICUs
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Doctors at the University of Virginia Health System have significantly reduced MRSA infections among surgical intensive care patients by using antibiotic cycling, a method of rotating drugs at regular intervals.  In a study published in the ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Environmental Services Week is Sept. 14-20, 2008
    Environmental Services Week is Sept. 14-20, 2008, a time to show support and appreciation for healthcare environmental services and housekeeping departments (and a good time to recognize their infection prevention efforts!) For details, go to the American Society for ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • FDA Approves DNA Test to Measure Hepatitis B Virus Levels
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first nucleic acid test for hepatitis B virus (HBV) that measures the amount of viral DNA (viral load) in a patient’s blood. Assessing a patient’s viral load provides healthcare professionals with a highly ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Manufacturers of TNF-Blocker Drugs Must Highlight Risk of Fungal Infections
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that the manufacturers of Humira, Cimzia, Enbrel, and Remicade must strengthen the existing warnings, in the Warnings and Precaution sections of the drugs' prescribing information and Medication Guides, on the risk ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Alfalfa Sprouts Sicken 13 in Washington and Oregon
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- State health officials believe alfalfa sprouts are connected to an outbreak of Salmonella that’s sickened nine people in our state and four in Oregon.The outbreak has been tied to alfalfa sprouts from Sprouters Northwest, Inc. in Kent. The company ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Best Way to Treat Malaria: Avoid Using Same Drug for Everyone
    By Kitta MacPhersonA team of scientists employing a sophisticated computer model pioneered at PrincetonUniversity and Resources for the Future has found that many governments worldwide are recommending the wrong kind of malaria treatment.Despite the availability of many ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • CDC Launches Campaign to Fight MRSA
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today launched a national campaign to teach parents how to keep their children safe from skin infections caused by the potentially dangerous bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).MRSA, a type of ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Superbugs Use Rattlesnake-Type Poisons to Beat Immune Defenses
    Colonies of superbugs can make poisons similar to those found in rattlesnake venom to attack our bodies' natural defenses, scientists heard today at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting being held this week at TrinityCollege in Dublin.The toxins are ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Will New Dress Code for UK Doctors Cut Infection Rates?
    Should surgeons be bare below the elbows and tie-less, or are new United Kingdom dress rules for doctors compromising their professional image without sufficient evidence that hospital-acquired infections will be reduced? That's the question posed by urology consultant Adam ...More
    September 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Last Chance to Make a Who's Who Nomination
    We're getting down to the wire to receive nominations for this year's Who's Who in Infection Prevention and Control, to be published in the November issue of Infection Control Today magazine. This special section celebrates the contributions of outstanding individuals in ...More
    September 5, 2008 Posted in Blogs