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  • Earth Day 2010
    Today we celebrate the 40th Earth Day! I want to take this opportunity to recognize the millions of microbes that inhabit the soil and promote decay and enrichment of the soil. In healthcare settings, it is easy to forget the positive contribution that microbes make to ...More
    April 22, 2010 Posted in Blogs
  • Review Panel Upholds Lyme Disease Treatment Guidelines
    A special review panel has unanimously agreed that no changes need be made to the 2006 Lyme disease treatment guidelines developed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).The guidelines, voluntarily used by physicians to help them decide what treatments are ...More
    April 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • Medline Introduces First Biodegradable Surgical Drape
    In response to a growing trend in the healthcare industry to reduce waste and establish environmentally responsible healthcare, Medline Industries, Inc. today introduced the industry's first biodegradable surgical drape made almost entirely from renewable sources. Following ...More
    April 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis Case Goes to Trial
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that one of the first cases stemming from an outbreak of hepatitis C linked to a Las Vegas endoscopy clinic has gone to trial.  Las Vegas resident Henry Chanin says he became infected with the infectious disease after a nurse ...More
    April 21, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Cal/OSHA Issues Citations in Meningitis Exposure Case
    The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has issued $101,485 in citations to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, Calif. for 10 violations of the state safety and health standards in connection to a ...More
    April 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Key Molecular Step to Fending Off Viruses
    UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have determined how a protein that normally latches onto molecules inside cells and marks them for destruction also gives life to the body’s immune response against viruses.The researchers discovered that a certain form of ...More
    April 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Physics Strategy Tested as Solution for Antibiotic Resistance
    A Virginia Tech biologist proposes to use a physics strategy called resonant activation to nudge dormant bacteria cells into a stage where they will be sensitive to antibiotics.In medicine, resonance means the sound the doctor hears when he or she thumps your chest. In ...More
    April 21, 2010 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • VAP and Early vs. Late Tracheotomy for Ventilated ICU Patients
    Adult ICU patients who received tracheotomy 6 to 8 days vs. 13 to 15 days after mechanical ventilation did not have a significant reduction in the risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), according to a study in the April 21 issue of JAMA.Tracheotomy is a surgical ...More
    April 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Among Deaths From H1N1, Pregnant Women Appear to Have High Risk
    Pregnant women had a disproportionately higher risk of death due to 2009 influenza A(H1N1) in the U.S., and early antiviral treatment appeared to be associated with fewer admissions to an ICU and fewer deaths, according to a study in the April 21 issue of JAMA.Although the ...More
    April 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • OB/GYN Offices May Be Ideal Venue for Improving Vaccine Rates Among Women
    Obstetrician/gynecologist offices may be the ideal venue for boosting vaccination rates among women, say researchers at Duke University Medical Center. They reported today on a successful pilot program focused on providing HPV (human papillomavirus) and Tdap (tetanus, ...More
    April 21, 2010 Posted in News