• Survey Reveals 68 Percent of Large U.S. Companies are Unprepared for a Pandemic
    BOSTON -- AMR Research has released findings from a recent field study that revealed 68 percent of companies with more than $1 billion in revenues are not prepared for a pandemic, such as an avian flu outbreak. The survey highlights the fact that a majority of companies ...More
    May 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • International Study Investigating Early Biology of HIV Infection
    In July 2005, the race to find a vaccine that would stem the worldwide rate of 13,000 new cases of HIV infection each day moved from competition among research institutions to a strategy of cooperation. An international “virtual research center” – the Center for HIV/AIDS ...More
    May 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • St. Jude Test of Bird Flu Vaccine Proves Successful
    A commercially developed vaccine has successfully protected mice and ferrets against a highly lethal avian influenza virus, according to the investigator who led the study at St. Jude Children’s ResearchHospital. The vaccine was developed by Vical Inc. in San Diego. This ...More
    May 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • Nurses Rate First, Surgeons Last in Operating Room Safety
    A study based on a survey measuring attitudes toward the work environment in the operating room (OR) reveals that surgeons exhibit the lowest level of teamwork and nurses the highest. The survey, called the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ), was adapted from an airline ...More
    May 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • Wound Care
    Wound Care By Kathy Dix Wounds come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be either chronic or acute. Their diversity means that each wound must be approached with consideration for its own unique characteristics and how best to heal the patient. This may involve more ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Managing Fluid Disposal
    Operating room (OR) personnel are frequently overwhelmed by their numerous responsibilities of not only “fixing” the patient, but also preventing infection, maintaining a sterile field, utilizing only sterile instruments, and in general, ensuring the patient’s safety, as ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Survey Survival
    The necessary evil of accreditation surveys are a very real challenge for today’s infection control practitioners (ICPs). Moreover, the turn of 2006 brought with it the practice of unannounced surveys. Gone are the days of focusing on preparedness for just a few months. ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Power Purchasing
    The power behind every facet of a healthcare facility to function effectively rests within the efficiency of it materials management personnel and their astute purchasing habits. However, like any other area in healthcare, a successful purchasing program cannot be achieved ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Optimizing Disinfectant Application in Healthcare Facilities
    Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in healthcare facilities is critical to reducing the potential contribution of those surfaces to the incidence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIS), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cleaning is also ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Designed to Kill?
    Over the past few decades laparoscopic surgery has taken on an ever-evolving role in the vast realm of surgical procedures. Laparoscopic surgery is praised for its ability to reduce the effects of surgical trauma, lower morbidity and mortality, and achieve faster recovery ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization