• AAAASF Underscores Importance of Spore Testing as Part of its Patient Safety Initiatives
    GURNEE, Ill. -- With the renewed industry-wide initiative to reduce the incidence of infections resulting from improperly sterilized equipment, the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities' (AAAASF) is reiterating the role of its Standard ...More
    September 22, 2005 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Resistance to Anti-flu Agents Increasing Worldwide
    Worldwide resistance to drugs used to treat influenza has increased by 12 percent since the mid-1990s, concludes a report published by The Lancet. Adamantanes have been used to treat influenza A virus infections for more than 30 years. Previous surveillance studies have ...More
    September 21, 2005 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccines Have Modest Effectiveness in Elderly People
    Vaccines against influenza are modestly effective for elderly people in long-term care facilities, but for those in the community their effectiveness is even less, according to a study published by The Lancet. In 2000, 40 of the 51 developed countries or rapidly developing ...More
    September 21, 2005 Posted in News
  • Airport Screening Unlikely to Prevent Spread of SARS or Influenza
    Screening passengers as they arrive at UK airports is unlikely to prevent the importation of either SARS or influenza, finds a study published by the British Medical Journal. In the event of a new SARS or influenza epidemic, air travel would represent the principal route of ...More
    September 21, 2005 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Scientists Provide Insight Into Virulent Strain of Clostridium Difficile
    Scientists have characterized an emerging virulent strain of Clostridium difficile that has been associated with outbreaks of severe disease in North America and Europe. Their findings are published in this week's issue of The Lancet. C difficile infection results in a ...More
    September 21, 2005 Posted in News
  • Piercing Infection Outbreak Linked to Contaminated Antiseptic, Upper Ear Site
    Public health researchers in Rochester, N.Y., found that a 2003 outbreak of severe infections in people who had upper-ear piercings was caused by the combination of contaminated antiseptic solution and the greater risk of piercing ear cartilage, which has a poor blood ...More
    September 20, 2005 Posted in News
  • AHRMM Announces 2005 Election Results
    CHICAGO -- The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) announces election results for its 2006 governing board. AHRMM members voted in a new president-elect and representatives for regions three, six, nine, and the military region. ...More
    September 20, 2005 Posted in News
  • Vibrio Infections, Other Conditions Still a Threat to Hurricane Victims
    To date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received reports of 32 Vibrio species infections among persons evacuated because of the hurricane; six have died (four from V. vulnificus, and two from V. parahaemolyticus). Among the 32 reports, late Friday, ...More
    September 20, 2005 Posted in News
  • Healthpoint Launches Online Courses on Wound Care
    FORT WORTH, Texas -- Healthpoint announces the launch of "The Biology of the Chronic Wound," a CE/CME accredited, online course designed to provide a thorough review of the factors that underlie one of the most challenging and costly conditions faced by physicians and ...More
    September 20, 2005 Posted in News
  • CAPS Injectable Products Recalled, Gram-Negative Rods Found
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying healthcare professionals and hospitals about a product recall involving all injectable products manufactured by Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc. (CAPS) of Lanham, Md. due to concerns regarding the sterility ...More
    September 20, 2005 Posted in News