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.

  • Preventing Intravenous Catheter-Associated Infections: AnUpdate
    Preventing Intravenous Catheter-Associated Infections: An Update By Marlene Wellman Schmid, RN, PhD, CIC Nosocomial or hospital-acquired infections cost several billion dollars and cause more deaths annually per year than road accidents.1,2 The Fatality Analysis Reporting ...More
    June 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 06/2001: Instrumental Knowledge
    The Care and Handling of Instruments in the Sterile Field By Christine E. Wilson The maintaining of a sterile field in the OR is of utmost importance. Patients are always at risk for secondary infections, and any procedures and preparation that can be done to minimize this ...More
    June 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • What should you do when OSHA shows up?
    What should you do when OSHA shows up? Managing Occupational Safety and Health Issues in the Infection Control Profession By James L. Koewler Jr. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a growing list of rules for employers with infection control ...More
    June 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • CDC Nails Nurses
    ATLANTA, Ga-Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published a new guideline on hand hygiene that states healthcare workers (HCWs) should not wear artificial nails. The guideline says artificial nails or nail extenders should not be worn by ...More
    May 24, 2001 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Montreal Doctors Get Slapped on the Hand
    MONTREAL-An internal study at a hospital of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal has found that fewer than one in four doctors wash their hands and wear gloves when examining patients. The study's author, Vivian Loo, MD, director of infection control at the ...More
    May 24, 2001 Posted in News
  • Combo Vaccine Fights Hepatitis
    PHILADELPHIA, Pa-SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals will being making and distributing a new combination vaccine that fights both hepatitis A and hepatitis B. The Twinrix vaccine will protect those 18 years of age and older from the threatening viruses. The vaccine has now ...More
    May 17, 2001 Posted in News
  • Genital Herpes Public Health Threat
    SEATTLE, Wash-Genital herpes has been a public health concern for many years. However, with more attention and funding going to AIDS prevention, the sexually transmitted disease (STD) is often overlooked. Herpes simplex virus 2 (HISV-2) cases have risen 30% since the 1970s. ...More
    May 14, 2001 Posted in News
  • Late Diagnosis of HIV Frequent
    LONDON-A new study shows that HIV patients are often diagnosed years after their infection, taking away valuable treatment time. In the United Kingdom, more than one third of HIV patients were diagnosed having a CD4+ cell count of less than 200 cells/µl. This late of a ...More
    May 14, 2001 Posted in News
  • When Nurses Aren't Found, Restraints Abound
    PHILADELPHIA, Pa-A University of Pennsylvania nursing researcher has found that patient deaths and restraint use may increase during nursing shortages. A three-year study of older adults with hip fractures showed that restraints to immobilize patients were used more ...More
    May 11, 2001 Posted in News
  • NICHSPDP Receives NCCA Accreditation for Certification Programs
    ANNANDALE, New Jersey-The board of directors of the National Institute for the Certification of Healthcare Sterile Processing and Distribution Personnel (NICHSPDP) has announced that the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has granted the group a five-year ...More
    April 20, 2001 Posted in News