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  • Active Surveillance Testing vs. Conventional Infection Control Measures
    As we saw in part one of this two-part series, the topic of active surveillance cultures (ASC) is a controversial one, with critics of the practice pointing to its expense, tying scarce infection prevention resources to one pathogen and the potential for adverse outcomes ...More
    April 15, 2010 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • One IP's Take on Active Surveillance Testing
    Shannon Oriola, RN, CIC, COHN, the department lead for infection prevention and clinical epidemiology at the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus in San Diego, discusses her experience with active surveillance testing (AST) in the wake of the September 2008 passage of SB 1058, ...More
    April 15, 2010 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Input on Active Surveillance Cultures from the Community
    We asked ICT readers what they do relating to active surveillance cultures. Here are their responses: “We are a tiny facility in the smallest county with the least population in the least populated state. We have not tested those who come into our facility. For us it ...More
    April 15, 2010 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • HHS Reports "Little Progress" in HAI Reduction
    The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department and its Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) today issued its 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report, and among the findings, it noted that "very little progress" has been made on eliminating healthcare-acquired ...More
    April 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Bacteria in Household Dust May Help or Hinder Childhood Asthma
    Bacterial populations found in household dust may determine whether or not a child living in that home develops asthma according to research published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.Recent studies have shown household dust to ...More
    April 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Aerosols: A New Tool Against TB?
    Scientists have developed a new strategy for treating tuberculosis using dry powder aerosols that could be delivered with an inhaler. The researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Harvard School of Engineering and ...More
    April 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Oral Bacteria Linked to Intrauterine Infections and Pre-term Birth
    Bacteria in the mouths of pregnant women can contribute to pre-term birth according to research from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights. The findings are published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Infection and ...More
    April 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researcher Says Trying to Eradicate a Disease is a Waste of Money
    Eradicating smallpox was one of the greatest human accomplishments of the 20th century, but new research shows initiatives of this kind are not as good a use of health dollars as people might think. McGill University biologist Dr. Jonathan Davies explains that reducing the ...More
    April 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • Almost 40 Percent of Europeans are Aware of Antibiotic Overuse
    The European Commission has published two reports which demonstrate the need for further progress in the European Union on the issue of antimicrobial resistance. The first is a pan-European survey which reveals some worrying trends in public attitudes towards the use of ...More
    April 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Experts Examine H1N1 Response and Lessons for the Future
    Approximately one year since the first cases of pandemic H1N1 influenza were confirmed in April 2009, experts gathered at Europe’s largest conference on infectious diseases – the European Congress on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) – ...More
    April 14, 2010 Posted in News