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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.

  • Patient Safety: Integration is Key
    Patient Safety: Integration is Key By Pat Tydell RN, MSN, MPH Objectives: 1. To understand the impact of medical errors on patient safety. 2. To understand the Joint Commission's new patient safety standards. 3. To understand the integration process and how it affects ...More
    September 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 09/2001: Instrumental Knowledge
    Surgical Instrument Organization By R. Michael Appleby Organizing surgical instruments can enhance productivity, simplify the process of replacing missing or damaged instruments, and help to maintain complete instrument sets in service. The Pick List The organization of ...More
    September 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Are We Too Clean or Not Clean Enough?
    Are We Too Clean or Not Clean Enough?Antimicrobials Scrutinized for Their Role in Handwashing Compliance, Antibiotic ResistanceBy Kelly M. PyrekAs fastidious healthcare professionals continue to lather up after patient contact, they may be asking themselves, how clean is ...More
    September 1, 2001 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Infection Control Today - 09/2001: Microbe of the Month
    Microbe of the Month By Roger P. Freeman, DDS My relatives are found in the environment, but not me; I dig stand-up types. I like to lurk around until my host's defenses are down. I'm always looking for a Big Mac rophage from which to rent space. I usually bum rides by ...More
    September 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • AIDS Cocktail Resistance Grows in San Francisco
    SAN FRANCISCO-Researchers from the University of California recently published an article in the journal Nature Medicine estimating that 42% of HIV infections in the Bay area will be resistant to current AIDS drugs by 2005. This percentage has steadily increased since 1996. ...More
    August 31, 2001 Posted in News
  • Alfalfa Sprouts Harbor E. coli
    LOS ANGELES-The California Department of Health Services has found that there were more food poisoning cases in the state from 1996-1998 from alfalfa sprouts than any other food. Their report was recently published in The Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers found that ...More
    August 31, 2001 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover How Mast Cells Fight, Destroy Germs
    ROSEVILLE, Minn-What is being called a breaththrough discovery has been made at the Parker Hughes Cancer Center. Scientists have discovered a new element of the body's immune system that fights infection. Reported in the journal Immunity, the researchers discuss the ...More
    August 24, 2001 Posted in News
  • Quarantine Ordered in Wisconsin E. coli Scare
    MILWAUKEE, Wisc-The Ozaukee County fairgrounds have been quarantined while officials search for the source of a recent E. coli outbreak that made 10 children sick, with two in possible kidney failure. Each of the children went to the August 1-5 fair, but health officials ...More
    August 17, 2001 Posted in News
  • Hep C May Kill More than AIDS
    ATLANTA, Ga-Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that the hepatitis C virus (HCV) will be more lethal than AIDS by 2010. The prediction comes only 12 years after the discovery of the blood-borne viral disease. Today, there are 10,000 ...More
    August 15, 2001 Posted in News
  • CDC Changes Name of Hospital Infection Program
    ATLANTA, Ga-Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have decided to change the name of the Hospital Infections Program (HIP). The program will now be known as the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP). The division has been reorganized ...More
    August 15, 2001 Posted in News