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  • Single MRSA Bacteria Strain Causes Severe Infections
    Researchers have discovered that the most dangerous form of staph infection now occurring in the United States originates from a single strain of bacteria, not multiple strains as previously believed. These findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy ...More
    March 1, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Proper Preparation is Everything
    According to results of a consumer survey conducted by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the average patient will spend more preparation time before purchasing a big-ticket item for their house than they will spend preparing for a surgical procedure — five times as ...More
    March 1, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Understanding Patient Safety: A Q&A with Robert Wachter, MD
    Robert M. Wachter, MD, a professor of medicine, chief of the medical service and chair of the patient safety committee at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, has been a central figure in educating the medical community and general public about ...More
    March 1, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Teamwork Between ICPs and Perioperative Nurses is Key to Infection Prevention
    The importance of teamwork in the healthcare environment cannot be overstated, especially when it comes to the prevention of infections. That’s why in this month’s issue, being distributed at the annual Congress of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), ...More
    March 1, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Premier Extends Partnership with SterilMed
    MAPLE GROVE, Minn. -- Premier Inc., the largest healthcare alliance in the United States, has renewed its reprocessing agreement with SterilMed, Inc., a leading third-party reprocessor of single-use medical devices (SUDs), for its facilities nationwide. SterilMed's ...More
    February 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • 40,000 Patients May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis C
    LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District is notifying approximately 40,000 patients of a local medical clinic that they may have been exposed to hepatitis C following an investigation of several acute cases of the illness. Patients whose procedures required ...More
    February 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find Possible Target to Treat Deadly Bloodstream Infections
    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered a possible target to treat bloodstream bacterial infections. Most bacterial pathogens can invade the bloodstream, which can lead to severe sepsis, a syndrome that kills about 215,000 of the 750,000 people ...More
    February 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Gene That Can Block the Spread of HIV
    A team of researchers at the University of Alberta (U of A), including a scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, have discovered a gene that is able to block HIV, and thought to in turn prevent the onset of AIDS. Dr. Stephen Barr, a researcher in the Department of ...More
    February 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • Customized Treatments for Sepsis Lower Treatment Time and Reduce Length of ICU Stays
    Using a blood test and a decision algorithm, rather than standard hospital protocols, to determine the appropriate length of antibiotic therapy in patients with severe sepsis or septic shock can reduce duration of treatments, shorten ICU stays, and lower hospital costs— all ...More
    February 29, 2008 Posted in News
  • APIC Selected as Faculty in Blue Shield of California Foundation Initiative to Fight HAIs
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces that it has been selected by Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) to participate in a statewide effort to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). APIC ...More
    February 28, 2008 Posted in News