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  • Just Whistle a Happy Tune for Infection Prevention
    I'd like to give a shout-out to Kris Veenbaas, an infection control practitioner at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, who shared with me a simple way to make learning about infection prevention practices more enjoyable. Kris notes, "Here at Hinsdale we try to make learning ...More
    July 3, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Human Antibodies that Block Human and Animal SARS Viruses Identified
    An international team of investigators has identified the first human antibodies that can neutralize different strains of the virus responsible for outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The researchers used a mouse model and in vitro assays (lab tests) to ...More
    July 3, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Human Antibodies that Block Human and Animal SARS Viruses Identified
    An international team of investigators has identified the first human antibodies that can neutralize different strains of the virus responsible for outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The researchers used a mouse model and in vitro assays (lab tests) to ...More
    July 3, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • We Have a Winner!
    Congratulations to Mary Jo Skiba, RN, CIC, of UHS Hospitals in Johnson City, N.Y. Mary Jo is the winner of a drawing for a free registration to the second annual ICT Conference on Professional Development, being held Jan. 15-18, 2008 in San Diego. Her winning ticket was ...More
    July 3, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • More Swimmers Means More Pathogens in the Water
    The levels of potentially harmful waterborne microorganisms in rivers, lakes and other recreational waterways may be highest when the water is most crowded with swimmers. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health completed two studies at the ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Probiotic Drinks Can Help Reduce Diarrhea Associated with Antibiotics
    Drinks containing probiotic bacteria can help reduce diarrhea among older people, which may reduce length of stay in hospital and save the NHS money, say ImperialCollege researchers at HammersmithHospital in a study published today. Between 5 percent and 25 percent of ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Doctors Call for Opt-out Approach to HIV Testing
    In this week’s British Medical Journal (BMJ), two groups of public health doctors argue for routine opt-out HIV testing in healthcare settings such as general practice surgeries, accident and emergency departments and hospital wards. In the first article, professor Harold ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in News
  • Effective Infection Prevention Programs Include Proactive Measures
    Abstract The U.S. healthcare system is burdened with 3.2 billion dollars of added cost each year to battle multi-drug-resistant organisms (MDROs). The two primary organisms are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Are ICU Nurses’ Working Conditions Linked to an Increase in HAIs?
    I wanted to share with you a report from researchers at Columbia University School of Nursing that indicates that hospitals which provide their ICU nurses with better working conditions see a correlation to their healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) rate. We know that ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Safety Syringes: Is Your Institution Stuck in the Stone Age?
    Early man fashioned sharp instruments from flint and stone. Today, these implements are obsolete. Is the same thing happening with safety syringes? Following passage of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, manufacturers responded with product modifications to meet ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in Articles