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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.


  • Fomites' Role in Disease Transmission is Still Up for Debate
    Fomites' Role in Disease Transmission is Still Up for Debate By Kelly M. Pyrek The role fomites play in the transmission of infectious disease is still being contested in the infection control community, with no conclusive decision emerging from clinical studies. A fomite ...More
    August 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2002: TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY
    Consolidated Stills and Sterilizers The patented Consolidated Bug Buster uses a high-efficiency filter to remove bacteria from the purged air of steam sterilizers. It can be factory installed on new Consolidated sterilizers or retrofitted to many existing units regardless ...More
    August 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2002: IC Community
    Reader Feedback Q: Do you believe that surgical instruments in opened-but-unused packages must be re-sterilized? "Maintaining the sterility of a sterilized medical item until the package is opened, is one of the main functions of effective packaging materials, ...More
    August 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2002: Hands That Heal, Hands That Hurt
    Hands That Heal, Hands That Hurt By Lynette Hancock Smith, RN, BSN, CIC After becoming an infection control coordinator, I have learned a great deal more about what nursing really means and the significance of the tasks healthcare workers (HCWs) perform. I started my ...More
    August 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • August References
    August References "Sterile Instrument Packs: Handle With Care," by Kathryn Dix, page 24. 1. www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/showCFR.cfm? FR=880.6850 2. Gruendemann BJ, Mangum SS. Infection prevention in surgical settings. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co. ...More
    August 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2002: Microbe of the Month
    Microbe of the Month By Roger P. Freeman, DDS OK, OK ... time to get real! Give a break to your boss, the job, the latest outbreak, the Martian, the kids, the money and all those other annoying "lifestyle factors." Blame the baggage for those bellyaches if it ...More
    August 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • 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