• Top 10 Contact Dermatitis Allergens Identified in Mayo Clinic Study
    A new Mayo Clinic study reveals the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis, a skin inflammation resulting in swollen, reddened and itchy skin due to direct contact with an allergen. Topping the list were: *Nickel (nickel sulfate hexahydrate) -- metal frequently ...More
    March 6, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Probiotic Microbes Could Be a Key to Good Health
    By Mary Beth Reilly Medical researchers are finding that one of the keys to good health could be living in our guts – specifically, in the world of microbes that live in our digestive tracks. Researchers are discovering that this “good” bacteria helps not only to stimulate ...More
    March 6, 2006 Posted in News
  • FDA Initiative Helps Expedite Development of Seasonal and Pandemic Flu Vaccines
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued recommendations to aid manufacturers in developing seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines. FDA's goal is to expedite the development and availability of safe and effective vaccines needed to protect against influenza. ...More
    March 6, 2006 Posted in News
  • Bard Signs Agreement to Acquire Venetec International, Inc.
    MURRAY HILL, N.J. -- C. R. Bard, Inc. announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire Venetec International, Inc., for a purchase price of approximately $166 million in cash. Venetec, located in San Diego, markets the StatLock line of catheter securement systems. ...More
    March 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • HHS Buys Additional Antiviral Medication as Preparations for Potential Influenza Pandemic Continue
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt today announced the purchase of additional antiviral drugs that could be used in the event of a potential influenza pandemic. The department has ordered 1.75 million treatment courses of antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza) from ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • OSAP 2006 Symposium to be Held June 1-4, 2006
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) announces its 2006 Infection Prevention Symposium, “Thriving in Today’s Uncertain World,” which will take place June 1-4 at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa in Tucson, Ariz. The leading experts ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • The New View on Latex Allergies
    The New View on Latex Allergies By Kathy Dix When latex allergies first became prevalent in the early 1990s, there were many misconceptions about what actually defined an allergy. Many healthcare workers (HCWs) who assumed they were allergic to latex actually had developed ...More
  • Baptist Health Aims to Change Culture in Surgical Suite, Improve ClinicalCare
    Baptist Health Medical Center, a 650-bed facility in Little Rock, Ark., continually works to be at the forefront of clinical improvement to maintain its high-quality patient care. In 2003, the organization partnered with VHA Inc., a national alliance of not-for-profit ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: case study
    Efficacy Against Infectious Prions in Instrument Reprocessing By Dieter Rudin A2005 study by Urs Rosenberg, PhD,1 addressed the effectiveness of cleaning processes in instrument washers, and at the same time, also explored the issue of prion contamination and ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • CS and OR
    CS and OR Forging a Patient Safety Alliance By Kris Ellis Central service (CS) and operating room (OR) personnel share a common goal: the provision of excellent patient care and positive outcomes. Technological innovation and scientific advancements have produced extensive ...More
    March 1, 2006 Posted in Articles