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.


  • Preoperative Measures to Prevent Surgical Site Infections
    We regret to report there has been an error in the April, 2001 issue of Infection Control Today®. In the Best Practices article entitled “Preoperative Measures to Prevent Surgical Site Infections,” by Carolyn A. Ramsey, we incorrectly labeled the answer for test question #8 ...More
    April 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 04/2001: What's Happening in Enzymatic Cleaning?
    What's Happening in Enzymatic Cleaning? By Kelli M. Donley Before After Figure 1: Endoscope before and after being cleaned with Olestrazyme. Frank Bass and Bernard Esquenet never thought barnacles would lay the foundation for their careers. Ironically, it was marine ...More
    April 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Medical Support Systems Creates New Division
    ATLANTA, Ga-Medical Support Systems, Inc., has established a new division of the corporation called Air Purification and Infection Control. The company will work under contract with Custom Air Controls, IQ Air, Engineering Technologies, and a new division of Honeywell ...More
    March 21, 2001 Posted in News
  • Role of Engineering Controls in Compliance Requirements
    Role of Engineering Controls in Compliance Requirements By Homa Christensen "Life is short, and the art long; the occasion fleeting; experience fallacious, and judgment difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the ...More
    March 1, 2001 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Preventing Transmission of TB
    Preventing Transmission of TB By Judene Bartley, MS, MPH, and Gina Pugliese, RN, MS Although there has been a steady decline of cases of tuberculosis (TB) in the US, this decrease will continue only if attention is paid to identifying patients with TB, initiating proper ...More
    March 1, 2001 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Stopping the Spread of TB
    Stopping the Spread of TB A Japanese Hospital Case Study By Y Nakajima, MD, PhD, and T Mori, MD, PhD Japan has experienced a resurgence in tuberculosis during the last several years. One of the most relevant factors is the rapidly aging population where the population of ...More
    March 1, 2001 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Women at Higher Risk of AIDS Infection in Africa, Asia
    WASHINGTON, DC-A new United Nation report shows that women in Africa and Asia are more likely to be infected by AIDS because of the way they are treated in society. Poverty and lack of power often leave women in these areas as prostitutes, or subject to unsafe sex with ...More
    February 27, 2001 Posted in News
  • Artificial Skin Helps with Rare Blister Disease
    WASHINGTON, DC-Children afflicted with a rare genetic disease may be helped with a new artificial skin. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the skin. Children who have epidermolysis bullosa have severe blisters that can scar and leave the fingers melded ...More
    February 27, 2001 Posted in News
  • Infections Linked to Heart Disease
    WASHINGTON, DC-New research shows sinusitis, bronchitis, and urinary tract infections may increase a person's risk of heart disease. Studies have long shown that stomach ulcers and gum disease are risk factors for heart disease. One study found 85% of heart-attack patients ...More
    February 27, 2001 Posted in News
  • Muslims Treking to Mecca Learn About Meningitis
    PATERSON, NJ-Doctors and staff are preparing a New Jersey community for their holy pilgrimage to Mecca. While many anxious travelers are worried about packing and airline tickets, healthcare workers are quickly teaching about the dangers of meningitis. Men and women in ...More
    February 8, 2001 Posted in News