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 - 08/2001: Instrumental Knowledge
    Cleaning: An Important Prerequisite for Instrument Sterilization and Disinfection By Nancy S. Chu, MS and Martin Favero, PhD Sterilization of instruments in hospitals has been an important part of preventing infections for more than 100 years. In the modern healthcare ...More
    August 1, 2001 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • FDA Approves Hepatitis C Drug
    WASHINGTON, DC-Officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a Shering-plough Corporation hepatitis C drug could be packaged and marketed alone for the first time. Patients in need of ribavirin have previously had to purchase Shering's Rebetron kit, ...More
    July 27, 2001 Posted in News
  • Rare Infectious Mosquitoes Found in Phoenix Suburb
    TEMPE, Ariz-Heat-exhausted children, tall saguaro cacti, and teal blue pools decorate homes between Southern and Rural roads in Tempe, Arizona. But what researchers found lurking in the cool shadows may send children inside for the rest of summer to prevent being infected ...More
    July 20, 2001 Posted in News
  • Staph Continues Path of Most Resistance
    WASHINGTON, DC-There are new reports that healthcare workers' arch enemy, bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, has just defeated the latest kryptonite thrown it's way. Staph is now resistant to the latest antibiotic introduced just one-year ago. A new study from Harvard Medical ...More
    July 20, 2001 Posted in News
  • Scientists Determine Ebola, Marburg's Point of Infection
    NEW YORK-A team of scientists from the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, along with another group from the University of California, San Francisco, have determined how the lethal Ebola and Marbury viruses enter a human cell. Viruses usually creep into a human ...More
    July 16, 2001 Posted in News
  • Metrex Acquires OBF Technologies
    ORANGE, Calif-Sybron Dental Specialties, Inc. has announced that a subsidiary has acquired OBF Technologies of Downers Grove, Illinois. Metrex Research Corporation has acquired the company specifically for OBF's product line used in the management of biohazardous and ...More
    July 16, 2001 Posted in News
  • Staph Swaps Genes
    WASHINGTON, DC-The leading health threat to hospitals and patients is a master of disguise. Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as Staph bacteria, has been found to swap genes with other bacteria to resist antibiotics. A new report in the Proceedings of the National ...More
    July 12, 2001 Posted in News
  • Legionnaires' Strikes Spain
    MURCIA, Spain-A rural farming community 250 southeast of Madrid is facing an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. There are 178 people confirmed to be infected by the airborne bacteria, and another 292 hospitalized with symptoms. Legionnaire's disease is often difficult to ...More
    July 12, 2001 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis C: An Update
    It's often portrayed as a virus causing an incurable disease--a killer with few outward warning signs that lurks inside the body and slowly ravages the liver. For some, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is deadly, but for most of the nearly 4 million Americans infected with the ...More
    July 11, 2001 Posted in News
  • Microbicide Wanted To Protect Women From AIDS
    WASHINGTON, DC-Women are more susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases and are often not able to persuade their partner to use condoms. Many women feel helpless protecting themselves from AIDS and other diseases, especially in situations where domestic violence is more ...More
    July 5, 2001 Posted in News