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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.

  • Infection Control Today - 08/2002: Success Story
    New High-Level Disinfectant Reduces Equipment-Repair Costs By Celine Vollmer, RN Providing high-quality patient care while controlling costs is an ongoing challenge for healthcare facilities and requires hospital administrators to closely monitor expenses while focusing on ...More
    August 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • The Handheld Revolution
    The Handheld Revolution Few Answers Given to Protecting Patients from Technological Fomites By Kelli M. Donley Officials from Palm, Inc., and McKesson Corporation have partnered to provide healthcare workers (HCWs) with handheld computers to improve patient care. While ...More
    August 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Preventing Infections in the Ambulatory Surgery Setting
    Preventing Infections in the Ambulatory Surgery Setting By Kelly M. Pyrek With as many as 6 million surgeries performed annually in the nation's estimated 2,700 ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), infection control measures are becoming an imperative within these ...More
    August 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • FDA Officials Warn of Meningitis, Cochlear Implant Link
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)are asking physicians to report any cases of meningitis in patients who have received a cochlear implant after 13 people with the device have reportedly fallen ill from the bacterium. Also, they urge ...More
    July 25, 2002 Posted in News
  • OSAP to Offer CEU Courses
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) is joining forces for the second year in a row with the U.S. Navy (USN), the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and the U.S. Army (USA) to offer a comprehensive, continuing-education course on dental infection ...More
    July 12, 2002 Posted in News
  • Man Infected with Salmonella Dies
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - A man, who was treated for salmonella infection after eating at a suburban Chattanooga Red Lobster, has died. Officials will not give any details of the cause of death, or the man's identity. He was reportedly one of 160 people who became ill after ...More
    July 12, 2002 Posted in News
  • AIDS Epidemic Yet to Peak
    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