• Good Dental Care May Prevent Some Pneumonia
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new study suggests healthcare workers in nursing homes should help residents brush their teeth to prevent pneumonia. Researchers at the University of Michigan report that aspiration pneumonia, caused when a person inhales small pieces of food and plaque ...More
    May 13, 2002 Posted in News
  • Organ Rejection Eased by Filtered Blood
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Researchers from Johns Hopkins University report that filtering proteins out of blood before transplanting certain organs increases the procedure's success rate. The team found that by filtering bacteria, parasites and proteins from blood, kidney ...More
    May 3, 2002 Posted in News
  • Antacids Promote Bacteria
    A new report shows that taking antacids for heartburn may promote the growth of cancer-causing bacteria. The studies, done on mice, show that the stomach ulcer bacteria Helicobacter pylori grow more rapidly after the use of antacids. The bacteria has been recently linked to ...More
    April 29, 2002 Posted in News
  • Endoscope Disinfection Controversy Continues
    NEW YORK - The proper disinfection of endoscopes has reached national media. After a recent Pseudomonas outbreak at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, more attention is being paid to the proper cleaning of these delicate medical instruments. Healthcare officials were interviewed ...More
  • Reader FeedbackICPs Identify MRSA, VRE as Threats
    Reader Feedback ICPs Identify MRSA, VRE as Threats Q: What emerging infectious disease most warrants the attention of infection control practitioners? A: "To me, the emerging infectious disease that warrants the attention of infection control practitioners is ...More
    April 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Texas Worker Tests Positive for Anthrax
    DALLAS - Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are not releasing many details concerning the recent exposure and infection of a laboratory worker to the skin form of anthrax. The worker noticed a wound on his neck after working with the original ...More
    March 18, 2002 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • 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
  • Pre-op Prep Should Safeguard Skin Integrity
    Pre-op Prep Should Safeguard Skin Integrity By Kelly M. Pyrek One preoperative ritual that generates a fair amount of controversy is patient skin preparation and its impact on reducing bacteria on the skin and preventing post-operative infections. A recent OR Manager survey ...More
    March 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Woman at NJ Conference Dies of Meningitis
    CHERRY HILL, NJ-Conference goers were rushed to healthcare centers this weekend after Joanne Hemstreet, 45, of Kingston, Mass died. Hemstreet and 500 other Cendant Mortgage employees were gathered for national sales convention at the Cherry Hill Hilton. Hemstreet checked ...More
    February 12, 2002 Posted in News
  • ICT Business News
    GAITHERSBURG, Md-US Army officials have agreed to test pharmaceuticals created y Antex Biologics Inc. The company's antibiotic compound will be used in military bioterrorism research. The antibiotic was created to treat skin and soft tissue infections caused by resistant ...More
    February 8, 2002 Posted in News