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  • Preventable Hospital Deaths Can be Reduced by Encouraging Error Reporting
    People go to hospitals to be treated for an illness or for corrective surgery with the expectation they will return home in much better health than when they entered the medical facility. The reality, though, is that many may never recover or return home. A 2009 study by ...More
    April 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • Data Mining Technology Now Applied to Hospital Information Systems for Infection Control Programs
    Infection control within hospitals is a huge and growing problem. A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that conditions caused by healthcare associated infections (HAIs) killed 48,000 people and increased healthcare costs by $8.1 billion in 2006 alone.In ...More
    April 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • Needle Sharing May Play a Major Role in Transmission of Syphilis
    A bi-national team of researchers led by University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that active syphilis infections are significantly greater in female sex workers who inject drugs and share needles than those who don’t. The findings ...More
    April 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • The Kiss of Death: Research Targets Lethal Disease Spread by Insect
    It makes your skin crawl—a bug that crawls onto your lips while you sleep, drawn by the exhaled carbon dioxide, numbs your skin, bites, then gorges on your blood. And if that's not insult enough, it promptly defecates on the wound-and passes on a potentially deadly ...More
    April 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • Breakthrough in the Diagnosis of Parasitic Diseases
    Chagas disease is one of the most deadly parasitic diseases in the world. It affects more than 10 million people, primarily in the Americas. In South America alone it kills 50 000 people each year. A reliable and rapid diagnosis is the key in the battle against infection ...More
    April 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • Restricting Caloric Intake Boost Immunity
    Scientists funded by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) found that volunteers who followed a low-calorie diet or a very low-calorie diet not only lost weight, but also significantly enhanced their immune response. The study may be the first to demonstrate the ...More
    April 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • SPD Best Practices Require a Review of the Basics
    No matter how long an infection preventionist has worked alongside a sterile processing department (SPD) manager, it pays to review the basics relating to best practices for the SPD to ensure compliance and to fight healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). In her presentation ...More
    April 27, 2010 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • The CSSD's Supportive Role in Hospital Infection Control
    Each day, millions of medical procedures are performed in healthcare facilities worldwide, with caregivers and patients relying on the availability and use of a wide range of supplies, instruments and equipment. These devices must be properly cleaned, disinfected and/or ...More
    April 27, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • Certification: A Necessity for SP/CS Professionals
    ICT talked to Don Gordon, MPS, CRCST, FCS, a former central sterile manager, past-president of IAHCSMM, and current territory representative for Healthmark Industries Co., about the importance of certification of sterile processing (SP) and central sterile (CS) department ...More
    April 27, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • The Importance of SPD and OR Working Together
    One cannot deny the purpose and role of the sterile processing department (SPD) in the hospital. This is especially true if you work in the operating room (OR). Still, the importance of SPD is often forgotten until a problem during a surgical case arises. Healthcare workers ...More
    April 27, 2010 Posted in Articles