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  • 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
  • Soap-Sniffing Technology Encourages Handwashing
    Call it a Breathalyzer for the hands. Using sensors capable of detecting drugs in breath, new technology developed at University of Florida monitors healthcare workers' hand hygiene by detecting sanitizer or soap fumes given off from their hands.By reminding workers to ...More
  • APIC Supports Automated Surveillance Technologies in HAI Prevention
    In response to the need for expanded monitoring and reporting of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced its support for the use of automated surveillance technologies in the ...More
    June 3, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • GHX Announces Medical-Surgical Market Leaders
    GHX today announced the winners of the sixth annual Best In Class Awards, recognizing 30 medical-surgical manufacturers that have achieved significant market-share positions for distributed products through the end of 2008. Awards were given to companies that achieved the ...More
    June 3, 2009 Posted in News
  • HHS Awards MedImmune Contract to Manufacture Live Attenuated Nasal Spray Vaccine for H1N1
    MedImmune announces that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the company a contract to manufacture monovalent (single-strain) live attenuated influenza vaccine for novel influenza A (H1N1) to vaccinate priority populations identified by HHS in ...More
    June 2, 2009 Posted in News