• Success in Fighting Catheter-Related Urinary Tract Infections
    In this era of antibiotic resistance, a catheter-associated urinary tract infection, (CAUTI) can have a significant effect on patients and on hospital systems. Urinary catheters are used in 15 percent to 25 percent of all hospital patients, to monitor urine output or to ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Will Your Staff Jump Ship in a Worst-Case Pandemic Scenario?
    Just when you thought it was safe to stop thinking about the potential influenza pandemic for one second comes a new survey that declares more than 40 percent of public health employees said they are unlikely to report to work during an influenza pandemic. Researchers at ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • TIMELY INITIATION OF ISOLATION PRECAUTIONS:
    Safety has become a familiar buzzword in hospitals around the country. Nurses have always known how important providing a safe environment is to our patients, but did you ever think of it in the context of isolation? Rapid identification of possible infectious symptoms and ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Control Today: Featured at APIC ‘06’
    “What is the most important way to fight the transmission of infectious agents in the healthcare environment, and through what kind of specifi c strategies can this be accomplished?” Leading up to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
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    JUNE 2006 9 New York State Association of Central Service Professionals meetingNiagara Falls Convention Center Niagara Falls, N.Y.11-15 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) annual meetingTampa, Fla.www.apic.org AUGUST 20061-31 National ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Optimizing Disinfectant
    Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in healthcare facilities is critical to reducing the potential contribution of those surfaces to the incidence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIS), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cleaning is also ...More
  • Infection Control Today: Surface Disinfectants
    Keeping healthcare surfaces clean is not just a matter of slapping bleach on a tabletop and calling it clean. In general, cleaning staff can use a broad-spectrum, all-purpose disinfectant, but in special cases, the healthcare team must consider which product is right for ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Designed to Kill?
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently added laparoscopic and endoscopic electrosurgical accessories to its list of critical reprocessed single-use devices (SUDs) whose exemption from pre-market requirements has been terminated and for which validation data, as ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Liquid Waste Management and Disposal
    In Part I of this series, the focus was proper fluid management by operating room (OR) personnel, their training, their awareness of state and city regulations, and annual competency testing. In Part II, we address the new technologies available and how to reduce costs ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Hand Hygiene:
    A WAR IS BEING waged against infectious agents, with newly energized efforts on both a domestic and a global front to boost hand-hygiene compliance. On the domestic front, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the originator of the 100,000 Lives Campaign, has ...More