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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.

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    REHOVOT, Israel-Officials from XTL Biopharmaceuticals are reporting positive results of the first monoclonal antibody to treat hepatitis C (HCV). XTL-002, the company's monoclonal antibody, has been tested in Phase 1a studies and has reportedly reduced HCV and RNA levels in ...More
    January 14, 2002 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today - 01/2002: Healthcare Workers Exposed
    Healthcare Workers Exposed: Chemicals Necessary, Dangerous By Kelli M. Donley Chemicals are omnipresent in American society. From crop dusters ensuring the next season's fruits and vegetables, antifreeze protecting engines from the chilly winter, and caffeine coursing ...More
    January 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Control Today - 01/2002: Instrumental Knowledge
    Scoping Out Repairs An Industry Insider Answers Endoscope Maintenance Questions Brian Newton, president of The Scope Exchange, an endoscopy repair company based in Greensboro, NC, explains the latest information for keeping delicate equipment functioning effectively. Q: How ...More
    January 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Using Technology to Streamline Infection Control Training Efforts
    Using Technology to Streamline Infection Control Training Efforts By Mary Brachman, RN, MS, CIC The increasing number of new and incurable diseases is altering the way healthcare facilities address infection control. There's the assumption that everyone, from those who ...More
    January 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Success Story
    Success Story Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections By Lynette Smith, RN, BSN, CIC During the past 10 months, LifeCare Hospitals of Pittsburgh, Inc. has compared data of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) among its long-term acute care ...More
    January 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 01/2002: Microbe of the Month
    Microbe of the Month By Roger P. Freeman, DDS You lookin' at me? 'Cause I'm lookin' back at you. Truth be told, I am one personality-potentiated parasite. You may not want to get too up-close-and-personal, though, 'cause while I'm smilin' on the outside, I will grip and rip ...More
    January 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • January References
    January References "Healthcare Workers Exposed: Chemicals Necessary, Dangerous," by Kelli M. Donley, page 12. 1. Buck, KM. "Disinfectant Safety." Infection Control Today. May, 2000, p. 16 2. 3. 4. "Dartmouth Researcher ...More
    January 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 01/2002: Infection Control, Bioterrorism Control
    Infection Control, Bioterrorism Control By Susan Harris, RN, BS, CIC, Gretchen Himes, RN, BSN, Denise G. Nesselrodt, RN, MSN, CIC, Lanette L. Rhodes, RN, BS, CIC, and John H. Armstrong, MD Although the concept of a bioterrorist threat or attack might be a hoax or near miss, ...More
    January 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Influenza Antiviral Reduces Infection Rate
    CHICAGO-Researchers at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherpay (ICAAC) reported a new influenza medication limits the spread of the infectious disease within households. The Family Influenza Transmission (FIT) study was presented at the ...More
    December 27, 2001 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Business News
    SOMERVILLE, NJ-The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared labeling for BIOPATCH Antimicrobial Dressing. The labeling recognizes the dressing's efficacy in reducing blood stream infections due to central venous or arterial catheter infection. A controlled, ...More
    December 12, 2001 Posted in News