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Significant morbidity and mortality is caused by healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), including surgical site infections (SSIs), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and other healthcare-related infections and conditions caused by drug-resistant pathogens that jeopardize patient safety.

  • H. pylori More Common in Children, African Americans
    BOGALUSA, LA - Researchers studying the ulcer causing bacterium Helicobacter pylori have found infection rates are more prevalent in African Americans and children. A team from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston examined 224 children, born in 1975-1976, living in the ...More
    March 26, 2002 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis B, Carotid Atherosclerosis Linked
    NEW YORK - Japanese researchers have reportedly found a tie between chronic hepatitis B (HBV) and carotid atherosclerosis. The team's report, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, details the population-based study. Studying 4,686 men and women aged ...More
    March 18, 2002 Posted in News
  • 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
  • Gonorrhea Rates Even Out in US
    ATLANTA - According to officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), infection rates of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea are leveling off in the US. The bacterial infection can be treated antibiotics when detected early. However, if left ...More
    March 6, 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
  • 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: 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
  • March References
    March References "Follow Standard Precautions When Handling Soiled Linens," by Kelly M. Pyrek, page 12. 1. CDC. Recommendations for prevention of HIV transmission in healthcare settings MMWR 36(Supp 2S):35 1987. 2. Garner, J.S. and Favero, M.S. Guidelines for ...More
    March 1, 2002 Posted in Articles