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  • New Recommendations for Dengue Vaccine
    Dengue is the world’s most extensively spread mosquito-borne virus – in the last 60 years, global incidence of the disease has increased 30-fold. The World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization has recommended that ...More
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  • New Mathematical Model Challenges Aggressive Antibiotic Treatments
    Antibiotic resistance is one of the most challenging problems in modern medicine. A new study by Erida Gjini and Patricia H. Brito from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC; Portugal), provides a new mathematical model to evaluate the best treatment protocol to ...More
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  • Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis Use, Appropriateness Varies in Children's Hospitals
    A new study found substantial variability in the use and appropriateness of surgical antibiotic prophylaxis for commonly performed operations at children's hospitals in the United States, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Surgical site infection ...More
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  • Great Willow Herb May Be Effective Against Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria
    Although often considered a weed, due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, willow herb has long enjoyed a solid reputation for easing problems of the prostate gland and urinary tract. New tests confirm that combining some of the commonly used antibiotics ...More
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  • Tuberculosis Bacteria Build 'Edible' Havens in Immune Cells
    Bacteria that cause tuberculosis trick immune cells meant to destroy them into hiding and feeding them instead. This is the result of a study led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center and published online April 18 in Nature Immunology. The study results revolve ...More
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  • The Normalization of Deviance
    Normalization of deviance is, well, normal. That’s why infection preventionists (IP) and perioperative leaders must continue to team up to ad-ress it. Normalization of deviance works like this: when we first get our learner’s driving permit, we bring the car to ...More
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  • CS Certification Gains Momentum
    In light of the recent news articles making headlines across the country in regard to improperly sterilized reusable medical devices, the issue of requiring certification of Central Service (CS) technicians has become more important than ever. ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Using a Bowie-Dick Test Correctly
    Q: Recently we had a consultant visit our department. She said I was performing the Bowie-Dick test wrong. I place the test pack on top of a wire basket which is placed over the drain line. This is how I was shown to do the test and we all do it the same way. The ...More
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  • New Operating Room Light Fixtures Kill Bacteria Safely and Continuously
    Responding to the needs of healthcare facilities to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), Kenall Manufacturing has introduced a new line of Indigo-Clean™ light fixtures specifically designed for operating rooms. Indigo-Clean™ operating room (OR) light ...More
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  • Reusables, Disposables Each Play a Role in Preventing Cross-Contamination
    Healthcare institutions face the question of whether to use disposable or reusable medical devices. Although in certain situations one category is clearly a better choice than the other, choosing between disposable products and reusable devices is more frequently a ...More
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