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Infections

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.


  • Infection Control Today - 05/2002: Sharps Safety
    Welcome to Infection Control Today magazine’s virtual roundtable on sharps safety. We invited manufacturers to answer six questions regarding needlestick injury prevention, product selection and adherence to the Needlestick Prevention Act of 2000. Here are their answers: ...More
    May 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 05/2002: Open Forum
    Why Do We Need to Know About Primary Prevention? By Marilyn Hanchett, RN, PhD, CPHQ Triggered by the HIV/AIDs crises and supported by federal mandates, the safety movement in healthcare has fostered the rapid development of safety technology. Those who have practiced since ...More
    May 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Nosocomial Infections: Creating a Roadmap for Surveillance
    Nosocomial Infections: Creating a Roadmap for SurveillanceBy Patricia S. Grant, RN, BSN, MS, CICAn article on nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections can take one of several major paths, including listing all the statistics and financial aspects involved or reviewing the ...More
    May 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Barrier Drapes and Their Impact on Surgical Site Infections
    Barrier Drapes and Their Impact on Surgical Site Infections By Nathan L. Belkin, PhD The need for surgical drapes to be made of barrier-quality materials is recommended on the basis of theoretical rationale, but it has not been supported by unbiased, statistically valid, ...More
    May 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Control Today - 05/2002: Sharps Safety
    Infection Control Today magazine’s virtual roundtable on sharps safety Portex, Inc. 10 Bowman Dr. Keene, N.H. 03431 (800) 258-5361 www.simsportex.com Infection Control Today: While the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000 helped raise awareness of sharps injuries ...More
    May 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Behind the Scenes at the CDC
    Behind the Scenes at the CDC A Conversation With William R. Jarvis, MD By Kelly M. Pyrek William R. Jarvis, MD, is associate director for program development, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, in the National Center for Infectious Diseases. He has authored or ...More
    May 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 05/2002: Success Story
    Centralizing Instrument Decontamination By Susan Bisol, RN, MSN, CNOR and Rodd Bogue, CST When instrument decontamination is decentralized in a healthcare facility, any number of variations can occur. Inadequate cleaning of blood and secretions on surgical instruments can ...More
    May 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Infection Control Today - 05/2002: Microbe of the Month
    Microbe of the Month By Roger P. Freeman, DDS You really think your recent bunch of ICT lite-robes qualify for icon status? Have you no sense of history? YOU CAN'T HANDLE HISTORY! 'Cause if you could, you wouldn't have waited this long for my close-up. ( I am only ...More
    May 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • 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