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  • Little Progress Made in Patient Safety Despite IOM’s Call to Action
    Despite increased emphasis on patient safety, little progress has been made in making hospitals safer, says Johns Hopkins critical care specialist Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, in an article in the Dec. 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.He identifies ...More
    December 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Auld Lang Syne
    The year is almost behind us, and another one lays in wait. Given the state of the economy, not only in the United States, but also the rest of the world, do we really have a lot to look forward to? Most would answer no, but I truly believe the answer is YES. Change is ...More
    December 22, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Small Molecule Triggers Bacterial Community
    While bacterial cells tend to be rather solitary individuals, they are also known to form intricately structured communities called biofilms. But until now, no one has known the mechanisms that cause isolated bacteria to suddenly aggregate into a social network. New ...More
    December 22, 2008 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Math Patterns Show Who Will Respond to Hep C Treatment
    Genetic patterns are like the tea leaves in the bottom of a cup for predicting which patients are likely to respond to medical therapy for life-threatening viruses such as hepatitis C, Saint Louis University researchers have discovered. Their findings are published in the ...More
    December 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • PDI Launches Hand Hygiene Patient Education Program for Children
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) is serious about reducing colds and flu among its young patients this winter. With support from Professional Disposables Inc., makers of Sani-Hands for Kids Instant Hand Sanitizing Wipes, CCHMC recently taught the ...More
    December 22, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • E. coli Engineered to Produce Important Class of Antibiotic, Anti-Cancer Drugs
    Researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have taken a major step forward in the field of metabolic engineering, successfully using the bacterium Escherichia coli to synthesize a class of natural products known as bacterial aromatic ...More
    December 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Peering Inside the Skull of a Mouse to Solve Meningitis Mystery
    NYULangoneMedicalCenter scientists and their collaborators at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., have discovered an unexpected cause for the fatal seizures seen in mice with viral meningitis, an infection of the central nervous system, according to a study ...More
    December 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • PPE Removal in the SPD
    CT asks, "Regarding PPE removal in the decontamination area of the central supply or sterile processing departments, what is the correct way and order it should be removed? Remember, we also wear shoe covers." ICT readers, do you have any suggestions?  ...More
    December 22, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • New Research Lights Up Chronic Bacterial Infection Inside Bone
    Cambridge, UK – A new report demonstrates how a sensitive imaging technique gives scientists the upper hand in seeking out bacteria in chronic infections. Listeria monocytogenes is a type of pathogenic bacteria that can cause severe illness and death. Listeria ...More
    December 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Increased Risk of Pneumococcal Disease in Asthma Patients
    Mayo Clinic research shows adults with asthma are at increased risk of serious pneumococcal disease caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, the most common bacteria causing middle ear infections and community-acquired pneumonia. It also causes blood stream infections and brain ...More
    December 19, 2008 Posted in News