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  • Pioneering Advanced Sepsis Detection and Management
    Vanderbilt doctors Jason Martin, left, Michael Hooper and Lisa Weavind are testing the new sepsis detection system in the ICU. When the system determines that a patient may have developed sepsis, a red light flashes in the electronic dashboard that displays patient ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Adults Need to Revisit Childhood Vaccinations
    Vaccines are not just for children any more. That is the important and potentially life-saving message that Geisinger Health System pediatric gastroenterologist William Cochran, MD, vice chairman of the Janet Weis Children's Hospital, wants to deliver. And this is a message ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Patching Gaps in Global Pneumococcal Vaccination
    Since 2000, U.S. infants have been routinely immunized against pneumococcal (Streptococcus pneumoniae) infection, but the existing vaccine's expense puts it out of reach for most developing countries, where almost 1 million children die from pneumococcal infections ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Best Ways to Use Standard TB Vaccine
    In a study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, Saint Louis University’s Center for Vaccine Development is investigating whether the standard vaccine used in foreign countries against ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • A Sorry State of Affairs for Infection Preventionists
    This year’s annual APIC meeting, which just wrapped up yesterday, offered numerous opportunities to meditate on the current state of practice, but nothing hit home more than the results of a new survey conducted of infection preventionists by APIC that showed just how ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • SHEA Issues Interim Guidance on Infection Control Precautions for Novel Swine-Origin Influenza A H1N1 in Healthcare Facilities
    The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has issued the following statement:The emergence of a novel swine-origin influenza A H1N1 (novel H1N1) virus has dramatically impacted healthcare institutions across the globe.1-2  Fortunately, most public ...More
    June 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Disease-Spread Modeling Gets Help from Facebook
    "When did you first learn about the swine flu outbreak?""Have you searched the Internet for additional information on the swine flu outbreak?""If a vaccine for swine flu became available, would you want to be vaccinated?"These questions first appeared on Facebook on ...More
    June 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • WHO Raises Alert to Phase 6 to Indicate Pandemic
    News agencies are reporting this morning that the World Health Organization (WHO) has raised its infectious diseases alert to Phase 6, its highest level, indicating that the agency believes that the outbreak of the novel H1N1 virus is now a pandemic. To read the report ...More
    June 11, 2009 Posted in News
  • FDA Warns About Bacterial Contamination of Skin Products Made by Clarcon
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces that Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of Roy, Utah, is voluntarily recalling some skin sanitizers and skin protectants marketed under several different brand names because of high levels of disease-causing ...More
    June 11, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Simulating Public Health Disaster Can Assist Hospitals in Preparing for Worst-Case Scenarios
    A new and novel computer modeling platform developed through intensive, multidisciplinary collaboration at New YorkUniversity can help hospitals and cities to be more prepared for catastrophic public health scenarios, according to an article published in the American ...More
    June 11, 2009 Posted in News