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  • DNA Mutation May Provide HIV Defense
    LOS ANGELES - Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles report finding a genetic defense mechanism in monkeys that may prevent illness caused by AIDS infection. The natural substance found in the bone marrow of rhesus monkeys is called retrocyclin. The ...More
    March 5, 2002 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today - 03/2002: Microbe of the Month
    Microbe of the Month By Roger P. Freeman, DDS Microbe of the Month By Roger P. Freeman, DDS Dateline: Urban Tora Bori, India, Africa, Asia. Dear ICTees, Alas, if some people have their way, this could be one of my last transmissions. Things are not going well for me. It ...More
    March 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Relaxing in Filth:
    Relaxing in Filth:What Your Whirlpool Tub May Be HidingBy Kelli M. DonleyPiped tubs in healthcare centers may be responsible for a myriad of nosocomial infectionsAncient Roman architects were known for their grandiose adaptations of outsiders' ideas. The great bath in ...More
    March 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Objective Decision-Making:
    Objective Decision-Making: Using a Surgical Instrument/Mobile Equipment Tracking System By Rose Seavey, RN, MBA, CNOR, ACSP TCH employee Ann Harvey demonstrates scanning an instrument that has come from the sterilizer. A surgical instrument/mobile equipment tracking system ...More
    March 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 03/2002: Fighting Resistance
    Fighting Resistance By Michelle Gardner During the past, indiscriminate use of antibiotics has given once-susceptible bacteria the chance to develop defenses against antibiotics, thus providing the opportunity for resistant strains to flourish. Reports of ...More
    March 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Control Today - 03/2002: Follow Standard Precautions When Handling Soiled Linens
    Follow Standard Precautions When Handling Soiled LinensBy Kelly M. PyrekHow infectious is hospital linen? In the 1970s the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated, "Although soiled linen has been identified as a source of large numbers of pathogenic ...More
    March 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Control Today - 03/2002: Success Story
    Teamwork Resolves Wrapping Issues for OR and CS By Mary Olivera, BA, MS It is 7 am and the OR is calling the sterile processing supervisor announcing that there is a hole in the wrapper of the set they need. They are extremely upset and are expecting you to repair the ...More
    March 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Wound Healing:
    Wound Healing: Uneventful Process or Complex Medical Problem Requiring Specialized Treatment and Care? By Michelle Gardner Recent advances in wound management involve growth factors of diabetic foot ulcers. Among them is Apligraf by Novartis, a bi-layered living skin ...More
    March 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 03/2002: IC Community
    Reader Feedback ICPs Speak Out Editor's note: In this issue we introduce a new feature called Reader Feedback, where we pose to readers of Infection Control Today questions on timely topics and solicit your responses for publication. Q: Does your facility prohibit ...More
  • Taking Cover:
    Taking Cover:Single-use vs. Reusable Gowns and DrapesBy Barbara J. Gruendemann, RN, MS, FAAN, CNORExecutive SummarySingle-use drapes and gowns are used daily as protective barriers in a majority of U S hospitals. In today's healthcare environment, safety, barrier qualities, ...More
    March 1, 2002 Posted in Articles