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Infections

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.


  • Two Salmonella Genomes Mapped
    NEW YORK-Salmonellosis, a bacterial infection caused by salmonella, can haunt everyone from an infection control practitioner trying to pinpoint an outbreak to a restaurant owner trying to eliminate potential food poisoning disaster. New research has mapped two genomes of ...More
    October 25, 2001 Posted in News
  • Blood Donors Discover Infections
    NEW YORK-In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 tragedies, many Americans rushed to donate blood. Although their intentions were good, many did not realize they were infected with a virus. Now, many are being notified that they are HIV, hepatitis, and syphilis positive. Blood ...More
    October 2, 2001 Posted in News
  • Researchers Make Anthrax Advances
    WASHINGTON, DC-With concerns escalated about chemical and biological warfare after the September 11 attack in the United States, American researchers are closely studied one potentially fatal and threatening bacterium---Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax is caused by the ...More
    October 2, 2001 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today - 10/2001: Instrumental Knowledge
    New Regulations Clear the Way for Third-Party Reprocessors By Pamela J. Furman, Esq. The reprocessing of medical devices labeled for "single use" is standard practice in US hospitals. For more than two decades, hospitals have been safely reprocessing a variety of ...More
    October 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 10/2001: INFECTION CONTROL: Time To Design A New Generation Of Surgical Instruments
    Anthrax: What You Should Know Q & A concerning the bacteria anthrax and how to protect yourself from exposure Q: What is anthrax? A: Anthrax is created by the etiologic agent Bacillus anthracis. This bacterium is large, gram-positive, non-motile, spore forming, and ...More
    October 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 10/2001: Microbe of the Month
    Microbe of the Month By Roger P. Freeman, DDS DZZZZZZZZT! Thwop! Ah, the vector's life for me. A slap here, a bite there, half a billion infections per year... I'm a busy lady. You see, I carry around an age-old 'zoan with a thing for RBCs. This little dude is not one to ...More
    October 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 10/2001: INFECTION CONTROL: Time To Design A New Generation Of Surgical Instruments
    INSTRUMENTAL KNOWLEDGE INFECTION CONTROL: Time To Design A New Generation Of Surgical Instruments Invite An Instrument OEM To Join Your Medical Team Now is the time. Now is the time for medical facilities to re-evaluate decontamination procedures, to format new instrument ...More
    October 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 10/2001: Chemical Management Involves Worker Safety and Economics
    Chemical Management Involves Worker Safety and Economics By Tom Bach One of the most important factors in getting effective results with any disinfectant or detergent disinfectant is the type and quantity of soil to be removed. Different areas within a facility will contain ...More
    October 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • College Freshman At Higher Risk for Bacterial Meningitis
    PITTSBURGH, Pa-Bacterial meningitis is a scary disease. While there is no doubt what causes the sickness, there is little public awareness and a small window of opportunity to fight the bacteria before it causes serious damage. The highly contagious bacteria are spread by ...More
    September 7, 2001 Posted in News
  • 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