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Kelly M. Pyrek

Kelly M. Pyrek has served as editor in chief of Infection Control Today magazine for the past 12 years, and manages a number of ICT-affiliated print and online offerings. Recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists as an award-winning practitioner, she has served as an editorial manager, editor, and writer for newspapers, magazines, wire services and public information bureaus for more than 25 years. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is the author of several books on healthcare, forensic science and medico-legal issues.


Is the vCJD Scare Back to Haunt Us?

Medical News Today writer Catharine Paddock is reporting today that the autopsy of a third person infected with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) through blood transfusion has confirmed the disease’s presence in that individual. Paddock reports further that John Collinge of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Prion Unit has been tracking 66 people known to have accidentally received ...
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Putting a Price Tag on Fighting a Global Pandemic

Time magazine’s online health vehicle, Global Health Update, features a thought-provoking discussion of the additional $1.2 to $1.5 billion price tag placed on fighting a global influenza pandemic. Columnist Bryan Walsh observes, “The problem is that human beings and the governments they run aren't very good at preparing for low-probability, high-consequence events. That might be why it's been so ...
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New MDRO Guideline is Issued

As you know, along with Staphylococcus aureus, many significant infection-causing bacteria are becoming resistant to the most commonly prescribed antimicrobial treatments, and they are becoming more prevalent in healthcare settings. According to CDC data, the proportion of infections that are antimicrobial resistant has been growing. In 1974, MRSA infections accounted for 2 percent of the total ...
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The Scrubs-as-Streetwear Debate Continues

While the healthcare community at large and the infection prevention community in specific continue to debate the wearing-scrubs-on-the-street issue, an interesting snippet appears in today’s New York Times. Writer C. Claiborne Ray, writes, “Though a bigger infection risk to hospital patients lies in the failure by hospital staff members to thoroughly wash their hands between patients and ...
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“Kill the Cough” Survey Reveals Americans' Dislike of Germs

The good folks at Halls cough drops announce the findings of their "Kill the Cough" survey, revealing just how repulsive most Americans find the simple act of coughing. According to the survey, one possible source of America's avoidance of individuals who cough is the spread of germs; two-thirds of respondents said they actually feel embarrassed having a cough because they say they are spreading ...
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"National Influenza Vaccination Week" Coming to a Calendar Near You!

As we grab a big box of Kleenex and brace ourselves for another flu season, I think it’s interesting to take a look at the current results of our monthly ICT poll question, “Should vaccination of healthcare workers against influenza be mandatory at all U.S. healthcare facilities?” It’s a surprisingly close race: Almost 56 percent of you say yes, while just about 45 percent of you say no, with a ...
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Getting Creative in the Battle Against the Bugs

I receive hundreds of press releases each week, and while most are routine, every once in a while there comes a release touting a product so unusual, it makes me do a double-take. For example, a company called The Bottoms Up, LLC is introducing what it touts as a “revolutionary hands-free toilet seat” which “eliminates the need to bend down and touch the toilet seat with your hands.” In my line ...
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