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  • HHS Secretary Issues Statement on HAI Prevention Progress
    The secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, Kathleen Sebelius, has issued the following statement:  “Today, we are releasing a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which shows our nation is making progress ...More
    May 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Weapon Against Highly Resistant Microbes Within Grasp
    An active compound from fungi and lower animals may well be suitable as an effective weapon against dangerous bacteria. We're talking about plectasin, a small protein molecule that can even destroy highly resistant bacteria. Researchers at the Universities of Bonn, Utrecht, ...More
    May 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • Concern About Pandemic Flu Has Positive Impact on Personal Hygiene Behaviors
    Fear of the H1N1 virus appears to be the driving factor behind the adoption of preventive behaviors, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection ...More
    May 27, 2010 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time
    To help healthcare workers improve patient safety, the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC) is launching a new educational video for U.S. healthcare providers that is a straight-to-the-point, 10-minute lesson on safe injection practices.The video is targeted to ...More
    May 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • An Unwanted Visit From the Varicella Zoster Virus
    I have now recovered from a visit from the transient trouble-maker – varicella zoster virus (VZV). The virus was, of course, my own – living in my dorsal root ganglion for 50 years.My immune system had managed to keep the VZV under control until it became ...More
    May 25, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Raw Alfalfa Sprouts Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in 10 States
    This recall affects raw alfalfa sprouts packaged and labeled as: Caldwell Fresh Foods alfalfa sprouts - 4-ounce plastic cups and one pound plastic bags and in 2-pound and 5-pound plastic bags in cardboard boxes with sticker affixed with the printed words “Caldwell ...More
    May 24, 2010 Posted in News
  • Smart Product Purchasing and Making the Business Case for Infection Prevention
    Smart product evaluation and purchasing, as well as knowing how to make the business case for infection prevention is all part of understanding and using healthcare economics to your advantage. As hospitals freeze budgets, it’s imperative that infection preventionists ...More
    May 24, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Product Evaluation for Infection Prevention
    ICT asked Jan Creidenberg, vice president of global marketing for infection prevention at CareFusion, for his perspective on product evaluation, the economics of infection prevention, and more. Q: What suggestions can you offer infection preventionists in terms of smart ...More
    May 24, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • APIC Develops Program Evaluation Tool to Help Make the Business Case for Needed Resources
    In the wake of healthcare cuts affecting essential programs such as infection prevention and control, the nation’s largest infection prevention association has designed a tool to help professionals assess the resources needed to improve patient safety. The “IP ...More
    May 24, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Symptom Patterns Differ Between Pandemic, Seasonal Flu
    In a tropical environment, influenza A(H1N1) appeared milder than seasonal flu, was less likely to cause fever and upset stomach and more likely to infect younger individuals, according to a report in the May 24 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.Tropical climates may ...More
    May 24, 2010 Posted in News