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  • TB Patients and Negative-Pressure Rooms
    An ICT reader asks, “If I place a patient in a negative-pressure room of a patient who has TB, after that patient leaves the clinic for that day, how much time should I wait before I place another patient in that same room?” ICT readers, do you have an ...More
    June 5, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • Report Finds 10 Lessons Learned From the H1N1 Outbreak
    The Trust for America's Health (TFAH), the Center for Biosecurity, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) issued a new analysis today, “Pandemic Flu: Lessons From the Frontlines,” which found that the initial response to the H1N1 outbreak showed strong ...More
    June 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Points to New Era in Hepatitis C Treatment
    For patients with the most common form of hepatitis C, the addition of a hepatitis C–specific protease inhibitor called telaprevir to the current standard therapy can significantly improve the chances of being cured, and it does it in half the time of standard therapy ...More
    June 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Easily Grossed Out? You Might be a Conservative
    This interesting little tidbit crossed my desk today and I wanted to share, seeing that the average infection preventionist has no doubt seen it all!The Cornell University press release, written by Lauren Gold, reads as follows: Are you someone who squirms when confronted ...More
    June 4, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • 300-Plus Pennsylvania Nursing Homes Begin Reporting HAIs
    More than 300 nursing homes in the eastern region of Pennsylvania began reporting healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) this week to the Patient Safety Authority through its Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS). Central and western regions of the state ...More
    June 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • 1 in 4 Nursing Home Residents Carries MRSA
    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major problem in nursing homes with one in four residents carrying the bacteria, a study by Queen’s University Belfast and AntrimAreaHospital has found. Its authors say that the findings, which have been ...More
    June 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Promising Antimicrobial Attacks Virus, Stimulates Immune System
    A promising antimicrobial agent already known to kill bacteria can also kill viruses and stimulate the innate immune system, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. In a paper appearing online June 4 in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Michael Howell, ...More
    June 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Results from Trial of MDR-TB Drug are Encouraging
    Interim results from an ongoing phase 2, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of the investigational drug TMC207 for the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) were published in the New England Journal of Medicine today. TMC207 is being developed by Tibotec ...More
    June 3, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hydrogen Peroxide Marshals Immune System
    When you were a kid your mom poured it on your scraped finger to stave off infection. When you got older you might have even used it to bleach your hair. Now there’s another possible function for this over-the-counter colorless liquid: your body might be using ...More
    June 3, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Innovative Method to Teach Tots About Personal Cleanliness
    Swine flu reminded us how important washing our hands can be. Studies show that simple handwashing can decrease communicable gastrointestinal diseases by 50 percent and communicable respiratory diseases by 20 percent. Now, with schools at special risk for swine flu, a ...More
    June 3, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene