• CDC Director Issues Statement Regarding World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2006
    ATLANTA – The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, has issued the following statement regarding World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2006: “More than 25 years into the AIDS epidemic, we've made important progress against the ...More
    November 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • Congress Must Not Fail U.S. HIV/AIDS Patients, HIV Experts Say
    As World AIDS Day approaches, Congress may adjourn without renewing the largest set of programs for HIV/AIDS care and services in the United States. The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) is calling on Congress to pass a stalled bill reauthorizing the Ryan White CARE Act, and ...More
    November 30, 2006 Posted in News
  • Improving the Cleaning Process for Flexible Endoscopes
    “A SCOPE can be used anywhere from 300 to 1,200 times a year. The question is, can we be guaranteed that the scope has been processed appropriately each of those times?” “BASED upon the AAMI standards that are in place today, the scale of measurement here after instruments ...More
  • THE SPD’S GROUND ZERO
    BY NOW NEARLY EVERYONE IN THE HEALTHCARE FIELD UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF STERILIZATION TO ENSURE THAT INSTRUMENTS REMAIN SAFE AND PATIENTS AREN’T HARMED BY THEM. HOWEVER, WHO ASSURES THAT STERILIZATION IS DONE CORRECTLY? ARE THERE NEW TOOLS TO ASSIST IN THIS? “Proper ...More
    November 30, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Calendar
    DECEMBER 2006 1 World AIDS DaySponsored by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) www.unaids.org/en/default.asp 5-711th Congress on Infectious DiseasesKimberly-Clark corporate headquarters Roswell, Ga.http://www.aorn.org/events/infect_diseases/ JANUARY 2007 ...More
    November 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Presenting the ICT 2007 Educator of the Year
    Empowerment is a nurse’s most important asset, according to Marcia Ryder, RN, PhD, an infection control educator and ICT’s 2007 Educator of the Year. “Empowering nurses and practitioners is what I try to do with every presentation I make,” says Ryder, of San Mateo, Calif. A ...More
    November 30, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Device-Related Infections
    Device-related infections have been a big problem for a long time. Advances have been made and clinicians have worked tirelessly to remedy the problem, but it simply hasn’t been enough. These infections are still occurring and some of the repercussions are staggering. The ...More
    November 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Who’s Who in Infection Prevention
    I’m convinced that nurses are the unsung heroes of our society, and that within this occupation, infection control practitioners (ICPs) are some of the most underappreciated individuals of them all! If you’ve been reading this column for the past six years, you know that I ...More
    November 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Who’s Who in Infection Prevention
    Welcome to the first-ever Who’s Who in Infection Prevention issue, saluting the outstanding members of the infection control and prevention community. Nominations were solicited and received from the readership of ICT, and this list represents some of the best and brightest ...More
    November 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • 25 Years Later, HIV Akin to a Tsunami Every Month, Says Virus Discoverer
    Twenty-five years after the first case was reported, HIV/AIDS is killing over 250,000 people each month – akin to a tsunami every month, says Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the virus and developer of the HIV/AIDS blood test, in an article in the student issue of the British ...More
    November 29, 2006 Posted in News