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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.

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    GENEVA - United Nations officials report the AIDS virus epidemic, which has already infected an estimated 36 million people, is still growing rampantly. There are more people infected in southern African than previously believed possible. Additionally, officials note that ...More
    July 5, 2002 Posted in News
  • Tucson Officials Give Antibiotics After Meningitis Death
    TUCSON, Ariz. - A 20-year-old woman has died from meningococcal meningitis, sending health officials hurriedly to prescribe antibiotics to more than 50 of her friends and family members. There was no information on how the woman may have become infected with the lethal ...More
    July 5, 2002 Posted in News
  • Alphabet Soup for Infection Control Practitioners
    Alphabet Soup for Infection Control Practitioners A Guide to IC-Related Agencies By Robert J. Sharbaugh, PhD, CIC As infection control professionals (ICPs), we live in a world of acronyms, a veritable alphabet soup of regulating, accrediting and recommending agencies. This ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • References July
    References July "First Line of Defense: Cleaning Patient Rooms," by Kathryn Dix, page 16 1. Average Desk Harbors 400 Times More Bacteria Than Average Toilet Seat" fullstory.cfm?storyID=899&fback=yes 2. Yale-New Haven Hospital ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Breaking the Chain of Infection
    Breaking the Chain of InfectionBy Kelly M. PyrekOne of the basic infection control principles is the chain of infection. Transmission of infection in a hospital requires at least three elements: a source of infecting microorganisms, a susceptible host and a means of ...More
  • Legionnaires' Infects 9 at LA Hospital
    LOS ANGELES - A bacterial respiratory disease has infected nine recent patients at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. Hospital officials report two patients have died and seven have fallen ill from the bacterium Legionella pneumophila. The disease, named after an 1976 ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today - 07/2002: TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY
    Activate 10:1 Institutional Bleach Dilution System Take 5's Activate 10:1 Institutional Bleach Concentrate Dilution System is a two-bottle trigger sprayer that automatically dilutes special-formula bleach with water as you spray, so the solution is always active and ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Reader FeedbackSpeaking Out on Hand Hygiene
    Reader Feedback Speaking Out on Hand Hygiene Q: How can infection control practitioners encourage healthcare workers' compliance with good hand-hygiene practices? "When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came out with the draft guidelines for hand ...More
  • Infection Control Today - 07/2002: Microbe of the Month
    Microbe of the Month By Roger P. Freeman, DDS I'm your enteric everyman, the Peter Parker of microbes, everything you sci-guys could want in a good germ. G-neg, aerobic, non-aerobic ...whatever! Just a model m-org hanging out in the s. intestine, cranking out non-FDA ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • WHO: Spermicide May Increase Risk of Infection
    LONDON - Rather than protect against sexually transmitted disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) is reporting spermicides suing nonoxynol-9 may actually increase the risk of infection. The harsh chemical reportedly causes the epithelium to slough, leaving the area ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in News