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  • "Greening" the Disinfectant
    The green cleaning movement has made giant strides in the past few years. Many chemicals and products that were once considered pricy and poor performers are now viewed as effective and cost-competitive. Further, technology has advanced to the point that green equivalents ...More
  • Most Americans Haven't Increased Handwashing Despite H1N1 Flu Threat
    Worries about the H1N1 influenza virus haven't changed most Americans' handwashing habits, says a national survey by Bradley Corporation, a manufacturer of commercial bathroom and locker room furnishings.In Bradley's first Healthy Hand Washing Survey, 54 percent said they ...More
    August 25, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Effectiveness of Cranberry Juice in Fighting UTIs is Questioned
    Current clinical evidence for using cranberry juice to combat urinary tract infections is “unsatisfactory and inconclusive,” according to Raul Raz, director of infectious diseases at the Technion School of Medicine, Haemek Medical Center in Israel.Not all ...More
    August 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Twitter and Healthcare: Can a Tweet a Day Keep the Doctor Away?
    Twitter, the increasingly popular social networking tool that was at first merely a convenient way to stay in touch with friends and family, is emerging as a potentially valuable means of real-time, on-the-go communication of healthcare information and medical alerts, as ...More
    August 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Labeling Disposable Equipment
    An ICT reader asks, “Is there a standard way to label disposable equipment for changing? In the hospital I work in, the RTs and Rns mean different things if they label a resuscitation bag, nebulizer, IV tubing, etc. I find delta sign followed by date to mean different ...More
    August 24, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Public May Refuse Pandemic Flu Vaccine Over Safety Concerns
    Parents and healthcare workers may refuse to get immunized or vaccinate their children against a pandemic virus if they believe the risks of a novel vaccine outweigh the benefits, according to research published in Emerging Health Threats Journal. As the influenza A (H1N1) ...More
    August 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Smoking Increases Risk of Developing Active TB
    Smoking is a risk factor for active tuberculosis (TB) disease, according to a new study on TB incidence in Taiwan.  The research analyzed data from nearly 17,000 individuals in Taiwan as part of Taiwan's 2001 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).While past studies ...More
    August 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Microbiologists Find Defense Molecule that Senses Respiratory Viruses
    A cellular molecule that not only can sense two common respiratory viruses but also can direct cells to mount a defense has been identified by microbiologists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.The finding, published online Sunday, Aug. 23, by ...More
    August 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • AHRQ Launches New HAI Resource Web Page
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces it has launched a new Web page that features research initiatives and resources on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) for consumers and healthcare professionals. Information from AHRQ, CDC, CMS, HHS' ...More
    August 21, 2009 Posted in News
  • New H1N1 Guidance for Colleges and Universities Issued
    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan joined with Dr. Beth Bell, deputy director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control ...More
    August 21, 2009 Posted in News