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  • New Research Shows Patients Have Role in Promoting Hand Hygiene Among Clinicians
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Catholic Healthcare Partners (CHP) and the Premier healthcare alliance today released research showing that a video can be an effective tool for encouraging patients to remind healthcare staff to wash their hands. The ...More
    December 8, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • FDA Issues Notice on System 1; STERIS Responds
    Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice, “Concerns About the Steris System 1 Processor, Components, and Accessories, and FDA Recommendations,” which reads as follows: “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing this ...More
    December 7, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Slim-Fast Recalled for Bacterial Contamination
    Unilever United States, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of all Slim-Fast® ready-to-drink (RTD) products in cans, due to the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus, a ...More
    December 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • NY Autopsies Show H1N1 Flu Virus Damages Entire Airway
    In fatal cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza, the virus can damage cells throughout the respiratory airway, much like the viruses that caused the 1918 and 1957 influenza pandemics, report researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the New York City Office of ...More
    December 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • CDC: H1N1 Flu Update
    The latest H1N1 update from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reveal the number of swine flu infections continue to drop and 25 states report widespread activity, mostly in the Northeast and Southwest. ...More
    December 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • West Nile Virus Infection May Persist in Kidneys Years After Initial Infection
    A new study shows that people who have been infected with West Nile virus may have persistent virus in their kidneys for years after initial infection, potentially leading to kidney problems. The research appears in the Jan. 1 issue of the Journal of Infectious ...More
    December 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Stryker to Acquire Ascent Healthcare Solutions
    Stryker Corporation today announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Ascent Healthcare Solutions, Inc. the market leader in the reprocessing and remanufacturing of medical devices in the U.S. Under the terms of the agreement, Stryker will acquire Ascent ...More
    December 4, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Chickenpox Vaccine Reduces Shingles Risk in Kids
    Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is very rare among children who have been vaccinated against chickenpox, according to a Kaiser Permanente study in the December issue of the journal Pediatric Infectious Diseases.The study, the largest of its kind, used electronic ...More
    December 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • AORN Releases Updated Recommended Practices, Standards
    The Association for periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) reports that it is publishing electronically several updated recommended practices, one completely new recommended practice guidance,  and an updated version of its official Standards of Perioperative Nursing. ...More
    December 3, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Clues into How Invasive Parasite Spreads
    Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have discovered a possible strategy against an invasive parasite that infects more than a quarter of the world’s population, including 50 million Americans.The study, involving the single-celled ...More
    December 3, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization