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  • Dangerous Diarrheal Bacterium Found on Asymptomatic Patients
    The bacterium that causes a highly contagious and sometimes deadly form of diarrhea is frequently carried by persons who do not have any of the disease symptoms, according to a study in the Oct. 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. These findings ...More
    September 21, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • NIH-Funded Scientists Solve Genetic Code of Parasitic Worm that Causes Elephantiasis
    More than 150 million people worldwide are infected with filarial parasites — long, thread-like worms that can live for years inside the human body and cause severe, debilitating diseases such as elephantiasis. Mosquitoes spread the larvae of these parasitic nematodes from ...More
    September 21, 2007 Posted in News
  • FDA Warns Consumers about the Risk of Cryptosporidium Illness from Baby’s Bliss Gripe Water
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to consume Baby’s Bliss Gripe Water, apple flavor, with a code of 26952V and expiration date of October 2008 (shown as “10/08” on the label), distributed by MOM Enterprises, Inc., of San Rafael, Calif. FDA ...More
    September 21, 2007 Posted in News
  • STERIS Launches Questra-Based ProConnect™ Response Center
    MENTOR, Ohio -- STERIS Corporation, a global leader in infection prevention technologies, and Questra Corporation, the leader in Intelligent Device Management (IDM) announce the launch of the ProConnect™ ResponseCenter. The ProConnect center features remote equipment ...More
    September 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • Cantel Medical Acquires Verimetrix, LLC, Launches Proprietary Endoscope Leak and Fluid Detection Technology
    LITTLE FALLS, N.J.—Cantel Medical Corp. has expanded its Medivators Endoscope Reprocessing product line by purchasing the assets of Verimetrix, LLC. Verimetrix, based in St. Louis, designs, markets, and sells the Veriscan™ Pro V2.2 System, a state-of-the-art endoscope leak ...More
    September 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • Drug Resistance Gene Has Spread to Midwest
    A resistance gene that allows bacteria to beat an important class of antibiotics has started to appear in microorganisms taken from Midwestern patients, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Less than a decade ago, scientists ...More
    September 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • Fighting Superbugs Across the Pond
    The UK’s national Department of Health is tackling MRSA through a recently announced package of measures designed to reduce HAIs. Health secretary Alan Johnson stated, “I'm determined that patient safety, including cleanliness, should be the first priority of every NHS ...More
    September 20, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Molnlycke Introduces New Hibistat Germicidal Towelettes
    NORCROSS, Ga. -- Once almost exclusively confined to hospital settings, drug-resistant staph infections, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), are increasingly finding their way right through the front doors of homes across America. Known as ...More
    September 20, 2007 Posted in News
  • ASHCSP/IAHCSMM Merger Prompts Questions
    Nancy Chobin, RN, CSPDM, tells us that the Certification Board for Sterile Processing & Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD) has received numerous calls regarding the recent announcement of the merger between the two membership organizations, IAHCSMM and ASHCSP. To read more ...More
    September 19, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Can someone please pinch me?!
    I thought this day would never happen—not in my life time! The first thing I did this morning was to see if it was the end of October, and if the Chicago Cubs had won the World Series. It was formally announced today at the 2007 American Society of Healthcare Central ...More
    September 19, 2007 Posted in Blogs