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  • VHA Inc. Initiative Helps Hospitals Improve Operating Room Efficiency and Patient Care
    IRVING, Texas -- Operating rooms (OR) are important centers of patient care and hospital revenue, but a significant portion of OR time is consumed by non-operative activities. To improve care and enhance revenue opportunities, hospitals need to make improving operating room ...More
    June 6, 2007 Posted in News
  • Help us Salute the Shining Stars of Infection Prevention
    It’s not too early to start thinking about nominating your favorite infection prevention professional for consideration for two very special recognition programs in ICT. The annual Educator of the Year award honors one individual for his or her top-notch contributions to ...More
    June 6, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • When in Doubt, Throw Money at a Situation ...
    ... after all, that's the American way, isn't it? Throw money at a problem and ask questions later. I'm all for spending money on the fight to eradicate infectious diseases, but my first reaction to the announcement that Congress is seeking $300 million to control TB is, ...More
    June 5, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Survey Reveals Doctors’ Complacency Over Risk of Avian Flu
    Fewer than half of doctors with an interest in infectious diseases in children believe that a flu pandemic resulting from an avian strain is very likely, according to a study published online ahead of print in Archives of Disease in Childhood. But despite this, a sizeable ...More
    June 5, 2007 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover How Sneaky HIV Escapes Cells
    Like hobos on a train, HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, uses a pre-existing transport system to leave one infected cell and infect new ones, Hopkins scientists have discovered. Their findings, published in the June issue of Plos Biology, counter the prevailing belief that ...More
    June 5, 2007 Posted in News
  • FDA Finalizes Guidances for Pandemic and Seasonal Influenza Vaccines
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued final recommendations to increase the supply of safe and effective influenza vaccines for both seasonal and pandemic use. The FDA's goal with the guidances is to outline the regulatory pathways for the rapid ...More
    June 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • Researchers Take Aim at Pathogen’s Antibiotic Resistance
    Some samples of the pathogen Campylobacter coli showed resistance to antibiotics that were intended to protect swine from diseases, tests performed at Iowa State University revealed. There’s more to be learned about the situation, which is keeping Qijing Zhang’s research ...More
    June 4, 2007 Posted in News
  • University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to Conduct Smallpox Vaccine Research Study
    CLEVELAND -- University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine are part of a nationwide research study to determine the safety and effectiveness of a new smallpox vaccine geared toward adults ages 18 to 34 who have never ...More
    June 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Common Hospital Device Could Lead to Patient Infections
    Patients might be at greater risk for developing bloodstream infections due to a common device used in hospitals around the country, according to a research team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska. The device is a needleless intravascular ...More
    June 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Treatment Outcomes of Patients with HIV and Tuberculosis
    In a retrospective study of 700 patients with culture-positive tuberculosis (TB), relapse rates were found to be significantly higher in HIV-infected patients compared to HIV-uninfected patients following a rifamycin-based regimen. Furthermore, TB relapse rates were higher ...More
    June 1, 2007 Posted in News