• Raven Labs Launches New Web Site
    Raven Labs, a leading biological indicator manufacturer since 1949, announces the launch of its redesigned Web site at www.ravenlabs.com. The new site allows users to search not only by products but also by keyword, industry, and type of sterilization. This new format ...More
    June 16, 2006 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • You Asked, We Deliver
    Many of you read yesterday's blog and announcement on this Web site about the number of lives saved through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)'s 100,000 Lives Campaign and wanted to know where you could find a list of all of the U.S. hospitals that particpated. ...More
    June 15, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • SuturTek's Fascia Suturing Device Wins Gold Medical Design Excellence Award
    NORTH CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- SuturTek Incorporated, a medical device company with a unique, patented safe-suturing solution, announces that its 360-degree Fascia Closure Device received a 2006 Gold Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA) during last week's presentation at the ...More
    June 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • Herpes Simplex Virus Uses MicroRNA to Hide Out in Cells
    Neurons (large round cells) latently infected with herpes simplex virus-1. The latency-associated transcript (LAT) probe is the black area within certain cells. LAT microRNA works through a process called RNA interference to prevent normal cell death or apoptosis, so that ...More
    June 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • Risk of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Cut Significantly
    Researchers found that administering the topical antiseptic chlorhexidine to critically ill patients on mechanical ventilation greatly decreased their daily risk of acquiring deadly hospital-related ventilator-associated pneumonia. The results appeared in the second issue ...More
    June 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • You are a Lifesaver!
    Congratulations to the 3,000-plus hospitals across the U.S. that enrolled in the IHI's 100,000 Lives Campaign and endeavored to prevent so many unneccessary deaths relating to infections and other complications. The IHI reports today that approximately 122,000 lives were ...More
    June 14, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • IHI Announces Number of Lives Saved Through Campaign
    ATLANTA -- The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) announced today that U.S. hospitals taking part in an unprecedented 18-month effort to prevent 100,000 unnecessary deaths by dramatically improving patient care have exceeded that goal. Hospitals enrolled in the ...More
    June 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • QIOs are Key Leaders in 100K Lives Campaign
    The following statement was made by David Schulke, executive vice president of the American Health Quality Association (AHQA): “In Atlanta today, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) announced that the 100K Lives Campaign saved 122,342 lives in the last 18 months, ...More
    June 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • FDA and ISMP Launch Campaign to Reduce Medication Mistakes Caused by Unclear Medical Abbreviations
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) today launched a nationwide healthcare professional education campaign aimed at reducing the number of common but preventable sources of medication mix-ups and mistakes caused ...More
    June 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • Four Out of Five Head Lice Resistant to Common Treatment
    Four out of five head lice are resistant to a common treatment used to eradicate them, finds a study of Welsh schoolchildren, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. The most common types of treatment for head lice in the UK are organophosphates (malathion) and ...More
    June 14, 2006 Posted in News