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  • APIC Issues Statement on New CMS Payment Regulations
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kathy Warye, CEO of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), issued the following statement today: “Beginning Oct. 1, 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will no longer reimburse ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Sound Off About Your Profession!
    Infection Prevention Week is Oct. 19-25 this year, and in honor of the important work that you do, I’d like ICT readers to sound off about the joys and challenges of their profession, for publication in the October issue of ICT. Drop me a line at kpyrek@vpico.com and ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in Blogs
  • Deb SBS Launches Program for Infection Control in the Workplace
    Studies show good hand hygiene practices can reduce illness, absenteeism and associated costs by up to 50 percent. Ahead of the next cold and flu season, Deb SBS has launched a program called “Infection Control in the Workplace” to provide added weapons in the ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • CMS to Put Pressure on Providers for Decubitus Ulcer Prevention
    Pressure ulcers are usually expensive, painful and preventable. They are also one of the conditions for which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not reimburse, unless it is proven that the patient had the condition upon hospital admission. This ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Steps in the Management of Surgical Instrumentation
    Key assets directly related to revenue in today’s surgery departments is the management of a vast inventory of surgical instrumentation, equipment and supplies. Instrumentation, along with rigid and flexible scopes in a 350-bed hospital with a 14-suite surgical unit, ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Downplay Sepsis at Your Peril
    Sepsis is something of the redheaded stepchild in infection control – many other types of infection get more attention and resources. Ventilator-associated pneumonia and central line infections may garner more interest, but sepsis needs attention, too — it is ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • State-of-the-Art Mobile Infection Control Technology Aiming to Make Air Quality Safer for Immunocompromised Patients
    Aspergillus is a genus of some 200 highly airborne molds, some of which can be deadly, especially to immunocompromised patients. Consider that incidence rates of invasive aspergillosis have been reported as high as 26 percent in allogenic bone marrow transplant patients and ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • A Lesson for Infection Prevention from a London Cholera Outbreak
    Dr. John Snow is credited with taking bold action when he sensed that contaminated water from the public pump on Broad Street was the cause of deadly cholera during the 1854 outbreak in London. Here is what he wrote of his legendary action on Sept. 7, 1854: “I had an ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • FluMist Now Available for the 2008-09 Flu Season
    GAITHERSBURG, Md. — MedImmune announced today that it began shipping FluMist® (Influenza Virus Vaccine Live, Intranasal) on July 31 for the 2008-2009 influenza season. Early and wide availability of FluMist is a key component in maximizing opportunities to ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News
  • Certain HIV Treatment Less Effective When Used with Anti-TB Therapy
    Patients receiving rifampicin-based anti-tuberculosis therapy are more likely to experience virological failure when starting nevirapine-based antiretroviral therapy, an HIV treatment that is widely used in developing countries because of lower cost, than when starting ...More
    August 4, 2008 Posted in News