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  • Best Practices: New Ways to Observe Time-Tested Guidelines
    Whether you are a veteran or are new to the field, it may be time to revisit the concept of infection prevention best practices. It’s a term used frequently, but what exactly is a “best practice” these days, especially with the proliferation of legislative mandates, ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Do What’s Right, Even When No One is Looking!
    Do What’s Right, Even When No One is Looking! Why do we do the things we do? I don’t profess to have a profound understanding of what occurs within the deepest recesses of the human psyche, but I do know that human beings are capable of some baffling behavior. Place that ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Microbe of the Month: Clostridium difficile
    Clostridium difficile is a spore-forming, gram-positive anaerobic bacillus that produces two exotoxins: toxin A and toxin B. It is a common cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) and accounts for 15 percent to 25 percent of all episodes of AAD. C. difficile is shed ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Technology’s Vital Role in Infection Surveillance
    At Hamot Medical Center, we pride ourselves for being early adopters of technology to help improve patient care. There is no exception when it comes to our infection control department. One particular technology that has proven to be very valuable for monitoring and ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • FDA Approves New HIV Drug After Priority Review
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved etravirine tablets for the treatment of HIV infection in adults who have failed treatment with other antiretrovirals. Etravirine is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) that helps to block an enzyme ...More
    January 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Handwashing Promotion Can Save Lives in Developing Countries
    Promoting the simple act of handwashing can save lives in many developing countries, according to a new systematic review of studies. The review, led by Regina Ejemot of the University of Caliber, in Nigeria, shows that teaching people about handwashing can reduce the ...More
    January 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Few Strategies Exist to Prevent MRSA Spread in Nursing Homes
    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is making news as a dangerous, sometimes fatal disease for hospital patients, and in recent cases, students. MRSA is also a major source of illness acquired in nursing homes, yet few studies have looked at how to prevent ...More
    January 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Cranberries Might Help Prevent Urinary Infections in Women
    Evidence supports drinking cranberry juice — a familiar home remedy — to treat urinary tract infection (UTI), according to a new review from Scotland. “UTIs can be distressing, and people often take a self-care approach rather than seeking professional advice,” said Ruth ...More
    January 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Expert Joins IMS
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Integrated Medical Systems International (IMS) announces the addition of Nyla F. “Skee” Japp, RN, PhD, ACSP, CSPDM, as the national director of its Central Sterile Process Management program. Japp will serve as the lead expert on central sterile clinical ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • ICPs Share Infection Prevention Ideas and Strategies at 2nd Annual ICT Conference on Professional Development
    SAN DIEGO – Infection prevention and control nurses, managers, and directors participated in three days of seminars, networking events and exhibits at the second annual ICT Conference on Professional Development, held at the Bahia Resort Hotel on MissionBay in San Diego ...More
    January 22, 2008 Posted in News