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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.

  • Wound Healing:
    Wound Healing: Uneventful Process or Complex Medical Problem Requiring Specialized Treatment and Care? By Michelle Gardner Recent advances in wound management involve growth factors of diabetic foot ulcers. Among them is Apligraf by Novartis, a bi-layered living skin ...More
    March 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 03/2002: IC Community
    Reader Feedback ICPs Speak Out Editor's note: In this issue we introduce a new feature called Reader Feedback, where we pose to readers of Infection Control Today questions on timely topics and solicit your responses for publication. Q: Does your facility prohibit ...More
  • March References
    March References "Follow Standard Precautions When Handling Soiled Linens," by Kelly M. Pyrek, page 12. 1. CDC. Recommendations for prevention of HIV transmission in healthcare settings MMWR 36(Supp 2S):35 1987. 2. Garner, J.S. and Favero, M.S. Guidelines for ...More
    March 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Staph Vaccine Cuts Risks
    WASHINGTON, DC-A report recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests a vaccine could prevent staphylococcus infections, which are responsible for killing 40,000 Americans annually. With 40% of staph strains resistant to antibiotics, scientists at the ...More
    February 22, 2002 Posted in News
  • 1 in 12 Baltimore Young Adults Has Untreated STD
    BALTIMORE, Md-A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports one in 12 young adults in Baltimore has an untreated sexually transmitted disease. Many of the infected with either gonorrhea or chlamydia were unaware of their infections, which can cause ...More
    February 18, 2002 Posted in News
  • Woman at NJ Conference Dies of Meningitis
    CHERRY HILL, NJ-Conference goers were rushed to healthcare centers this weekend after Joanne Hemstreet, 45, of Kingston, Mass died. Hemstreet and 500 other Cendant Mortgage employees were gathered for national sales convention at the Cherry Hill Hilton. Hemstreet checked ...More
    February 12, 2002 Posted in News
  • Dengue Fever Infects Cuba
    HAVANA, Cuba-President Fidel Castro discussed a recent outbreak of dengue fever in Cuba this week during a televised speech. Castro reported two deaths and more than 1,600 infections since November of the mosquito-borne illness. Dengue fever is fatal in 5% of infections, ...More
    February 4, 2002 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Control Today - 02/2002: Microbe of the Month
    Microbe of the Month By Roger P. Freeman, DDS NP, AOM, CAP, URI, HAP, IPD, APD, VAP...whoa! Sounds like a serious outbreak of polyacronymuria. How 'bout I let you arrange the alphabet, while I do my most excellent colonizing, infecting, resisting thing! In many of the ...More
    February 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • February References
    February References "Reprocessing Update," by Kelly M. Pyrek, page 28. 1. US General Accounting Office, Report to Congressional Requesters. Single-use medical devices: Little available evidence of harm from reuse but oversight warranted. June 2000. ...More
    February 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 02/2002: The NYC Healthcare Heroes
    The NYC Healthcare Heroes By Mary Olivera, BA, MS Most of us have memories of a historic event and can describe exactly where we were and what we were doing when it happened. One event most of us will have forever in our memory is where we were when we first heard of the ...More
    February 1, 2002 Posted in Articles