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  • Class 6 Emulating Indicators: One Hospital's Journey
    Over the past 17 years of my career, I have never scrubbed in on a surgery case, never set up a sterile field, never prepped a surgical site and never opened a sterile package, being ever so diligent to maintain the contents’ integrity. But what I have done is ...More
    April 29, 2009 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Swine Flu: To Panic or Not, That is the Question
    Thanks to the 24-hour media coverage about swine flu, we’re all aware that a potential flu pandemic could be nigh. But before you stock up on face masks and hand sanitizer, it’s important to put some things in perspective. William Sutker, MD, chief of infectious ...More
    April 29, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Older Men More Likely Than Women to Die After Pneumonia
    Differing biological response to infection between men and women may explain higher death rates among older men who are hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The findings, published online in the Critical Care Medicine journal, may have important ...More
    April 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Tufted Bacteria Cause Infection in Premature Babies
    Bacteria that normally reside on the skin of healthy people can cause serious infections in premature babies. A group of researchers at Karolinska Institutet have now found an explanation for why a certain kind of staphylococcus can attach itself to the skin and quickly ...More
    April 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Putting Up a Good Fight Against MRSA
    By Patricia Streeter, RN, CICAbout two summers ago, I started noticing several instances of “spider bites” in our emergency department (ED). As they were mostly children and we all know that children play in places where adults might not go, I didn’t get ...More
    April 28, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Pulled Pork Samich
    OK, I had a big 'ole BBQ pork samich for lunch yesterday, and it was might tasty. AND I have not experienced any symptoms of the swine flu. It was difficult to eat because I had to constantly remove the off-the-shelf mask I was wearing--which did make a good napkin.I was ...More
    April 28, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Swine Flu is Not a Partisan Issue, Policy Expert Says
    At right,Donald F. Kettl, incoming public policy dean, University of Maryland   Donald Kettl, incoming public policy dean at the University of Maryland and a top expert of public administration, says that the U.S. government faces a keen test of calibrating its ...More
    April 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • CDC Releases Guidelines to Assist With Swine Flu Precautions
    The Centers for Disease Control has issued several guidance documents to assist healthcare professionals with the management of potential swine flu cases: Interim Guidance on Specimen Collection and Processing for Patients with Suspected Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Virus ...More
    April 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Precept Medical Products, Inc. Announces Divestiture of Surgical Pack, Drape and OR Gown Business
    Precept Medical Products, Inc. today announced the sale of its UltraGard Surgical Pack, Drape, and OR Gown business to Medline Industries, Inc. The sale is the culmination of Precept’s strategy announced in September 2008 to formally separate the company’s ...More
    April 28, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Influenza Medicines
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in response to requests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) to make available to public health and medical personnel important diagnostic and therapeutic tools to ...More
    April 28, 2009 Posted in News