• Cardinal Health Signs Agreement With Novation for Distribution of Medical and Surgical Products
    DUBLIN, Ohio -- Cardinal Health, Inc., a leading provider of products and services supporting the healthcare industry, announces it has signed a five-year agreement with Novation, the healthcare contracting services company of VHA, Inc. and the University HealthSystem ...More
    June 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • Cornell Researchers Discover How Bacteria Sense Their Environments
    When humans taste or smell, receptors unique to each nerve cell detect the chemical and send signals to the brain, where many cells process the message to understand what we are smelling or tasting. But a bacterium is just a single cell, and it must use many different ...More
    June 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • Iowa State Health Officials Announce Mumps Epidemic Contained
    Due to a decrease in the number of reported mumps cases, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announces the containment of the mumps epidemic. Containment of an epidemic means cases may still be occurring, however, there is a significant decrease in the number of ...More
    June 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • HHS Awards BioShield Contract for Botulism Antitoxin
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a contract to the Cangene Corporation of Winnipeg, Canada in the amount of $362 million for 200,000 doses of Heptavalent Botulism Antitoxin. The contract runs for five years with product delivery to the Strategic ...More
    June 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • Are Antibiotics for Suspected Childhood Meningitis Harmful?
    Should children with suspected meningitis be given antibiotics before transfer to hospital? Several European countries advise doctors in primary care to do this, but the evidence is conflicting, with some studies suggesting benefit and others suggesting harm. Two papers in ...More
    June 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today: To Flash or Not to Flash?
    To Flash or Not to Flash?That’s the Question for Many Healthcare Workers By Jennifer Schraag Experts share how flash sterilization is misused and what the industry can do to remedy the ongoing issues. Several detrimental issues are continuing in the use of fl ash ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Applying Aseptic Technique in all Clinical Settings
    Applying Aseptic Technique in all Clinical Settings By Jennifer Schraag The practice of aseptic technique isn’t solely isolated to the operating room. The practice has a place in every clinical setting. As the mother of a neutropenic infant, many facets of aseptic technique ...More
  • Agents of Change
    INFECTION CONTROL practitioners must sort through a vast amount of information in order to maintain a current base of knowledge. From standards and guidelines to cutting-edge, evidence-based initiatives to vendor claims and information, potential tools and solutions abound. ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • The 4-1-1 on New Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice
    Just published are the new 2006 Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice, which direct nurses and other healthcare workers as to how infusion therapy should properly be administered in and out of the hospital. Since the last standards were published in 2000, significant ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Success in Fighting Catheter-Related Urinary Tract Infections
    In this era of antibiotic resistance, a catheter-associated urinary tract infection, (CAUTI) can have a significant effect on patients and on hospital systems. Urinary catheters are used in 15 percent to 25 percent of all hospital patients, to monitor urine output or to ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles