• Physicians More Likely to Disclose Medical Errors That Would Be Apparent to the Patient
    CHICAGO -- While physicians in the United States and Canada generally support disclosing medical errors to patients, they vary widely in when and how they would tell patients an error had occurred, according to two articles in the current issue of Archives of Internal ...More
    August 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • Food for Thought: Microbes Make You Fat?
    Microbes are being blamed for nearly everything these days, but I did a double take when I read in The New York Times that microorganisms may be making us fat as well as sick. According to writer Robin Marantz Henig, PenningtonBiomedicalResearchCenter in Louisiana has ...More
    August 14, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • Panel Updates Guidelines for Treatment of Adult HIV Infection
    With antiretroviral therapy for adults with HIV infection continuing to evolve, the International AIDS Society – USA Panel has issued updated recommendations for the treatment of HIV, according to a report in the August 16 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS. Scott M. ...More
    August 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • Four-Drug Combo is No Improvement Over Standard Three-Drug Regimen in Suppressing HIV
    Adding a fourth medication to a standard three-drug "cocktail" employed to suppress HIV and prevent AIDS does not improve the effectiveness of treatment, concludes a major multicenter clinical trial led by physician-scientists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell ...More
    August 14, 2006 Posted in News
  • Pennsylvania Hospitals Launch Grassroots Effort to Reduce Risk of Medical Error
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Hospitals in northeastern and central Pennsylvania are working together to develop standards for the use of color-coded patient wristbands in their facilities. Wristband colors are often used to convey clinical information to nurses, physicians and other ...More
    August 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • FDA Seeks Comments on Use of Identifier System for Medical Devices
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking information on how the use of a unique identifier system for medical devices may reduce medical errors, facilitate device recalls and improve medical device adverse event reporting. A notice will appear in Friday's Federal ...More
    August 9, 2006 Posted in News
  • IDSA and SHEA Urge Focus on Pandemic Vaccines
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) are encouraging the White House to adopt a strengthened effort to develop pandemic vaccines as a primary focus of the U.S. government's national strategy for ...More
    August 8, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • IDSA, SHEA Urge White House to Emphasize Vaccines as a Strategy for Controlling Pandemic Flu
    A strengthened effort to develop pandemic vaccines should be the primary focus of the U.S. government's national strategy for pandemic influenza, according to two leading professional societies representing infectious disease and infection control experts. Other strategies, ...More
    August 8, 2006 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find "Secret Weapon" Used by SARS Virus
    In 2003, the highly contagious and often-deadly mystery disease now called SARS emerged explosively out of Southern China. It eventually killed an estimated 916 people in Asia, Europe, and North and South America—nearly 1 in 10 of those it infected. When scientists ...More
    August 8, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite
    If you’re staying in a hotel room these days, you’d better check between the sheets for an uninvited guest. Infestations of bed bugs are making headlines lately, and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) indicates that these kinds of infestations have been ...More
    August 7, 2006 Posted in Blogs