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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 - 07/2002: First Line of Defense
    First Line of Defense: Cleaning Patient Rooms By Kathryn Dix In the hubbub of modern medical technology, it's easy to forget the basics. Sometimes we need a reminder not to ignore the first line of defense -- cleaning the patient's personal space. A telephone can carry up ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 07/2002: Success Story
    Sticking It to Us: Implementing Sharps-Injury Interventions By Jenae Schlipman, BSN, RN, MBA/HA The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA) was signed into law Nov. 6, 2000. This act guided the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to make revisions to ...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
  • Children in Intensive Care Get New Infections
    NEW YORK - A new study of pediatric patients has found that as many as 12 percent leave the intensive care unit with life-threatening infections acquired during their time in the hospital. The national survey, which was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and ...More
    June 14, 2002 Posted in News
  • First 2002 Hantavirs Case Reported in Colorado
    DENVER -- A senior from Gunnison County has been diagnosed with hantavirus - an illness transmitted by inhaling dust from contaminated deer mouse feces. The 64-year-old is the state of Colorado's first confirmed case of the virus this year. He is recovering in Grand ...More
    June 5, 2002 Posted in News
  • References June
    References June "Who Wants to Be a Microbiologist?" by Kelli M. Donley, page 16. 1. Abedon, ST. Supplemental lecture. Nov. 21, 1998. "Fluid Waste Removal: Are You Ready for the Challenge?" by Stanley R Shelver, RN, MHA, page 22. 1. OSHA ...More
    June 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 06/2002: Who wants to be a Microbiologist?
    Who wants to be a Microbiologist? Comical Clues to Cleaning and Disinfecting By Kelli M. Donley He sits across from you in the gray suit, with the perfectly matching gray tie. While he berates you with questions, the only thing you can concentrate on is your increased heart ...More
    June 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Nooks and Crannies:
    Nooks and Crannies: The Breeding Grounds for Bacteria By Kelly M. Pyrek Infection Control Professionals Urge Manufacturers to Redesign Medical Devices With IC Practices in Mind Although crude in a clinical sense, from an antiquities point of view early surgical instruments ...More
    June 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 06/2002: Microbe of the Month
    Microbe of the Month By Roger P. Freeman, DDS Surgeon in-general warning: Some parts of this column may conflict with ... lunch. (Life, as usual, on the infection patrol!) Epi dermis ubiquitum, or as they say, "I'm on it." I'm a hands-on/on-hands commensal, ...More
    June 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Probiotics Ease Childhood Diarrhea
    HVIDOVRE, Denmark - A new study shows "good bacteria" may help children recover from bouts of diarrhea. Researchers at the University Clinic of Pediatrics in Denmark gave children with diarrhea a supplement containing two different strains of lactobacillus.The bacteria, ...More
    May 30, 2002 Posted in News