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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.

  • Hepatitis C Epidemic Keeps Researchers Searching for Solutions
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif-Physician Karen Seal does not agree with the National Institute of Health (NIH) on hepatitis treatment. While the NIH recommends people with drug addictions not be treated for the viral disease, Seal argues healthcare workers should not discriminate ...More
    August 9, 2001 Posted in News
  • Bacteria Responsible for Wading Pool Infections
    BOSTON-Dozens of children in Canada became infected with a bacteria in 1998 after swimming in an Alberta public pool. Officials have determined that heavy chlorination, sterilization of pool equipment, and the elimination of abrasive pool floors could help prevent a similar ...More
    August 2, 2001 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2001: Think Safety When Choosing the Proper Disinfectant or Sterilant
    Think Safety When Choosing the Proper Disinfectant or Sterilant By Bill Feil Scanning electron micrograph magnified 30 times depicting corrosion of stainless steel by chlorine bleach. Disinfecting or sterilizing environmental surfaces or equipment is not the most glamorous ...More
    August 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Assessing the Risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
    Assessing the Risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease By Lawrence F. Muscarella, Ph.D. Several recent reports have highlighted confusion, fear, and frustration over the possible transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) during surgery. The ethical, legal, and financial ...More
    August 1, 2001 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Infection Control Today - 08/2001: Instrumental Knowledge
    Cleaning: An Important Prerequisite for Instrument Sterilization and Disinfection By Nancy S. Chu, MS and Martin Favero, PhD Sterilization of instruments in hospitals has been an important part of preventing infections for more than 100 years. In the modern healthcare ...More
    August 1, 2001 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • FDA Approves Hepatitis C Drug
    WASHINGTON, DC-Officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a Shering-plough Corporation hepatitis C drug could be packaged and marketed alone for the first time. Patients in need of ribavirin have previously had to purchase Shering's Rebetron kit, ...More
    July 27, 2001 Posted in News
  • Rare Infectious Mosquitoes Found in Phoenix Suburb
    TEMPE, Ariz-Heat-exhausted children, tall saguaro cacti, and teal blue pools decorate homes between Southern and Rural roads in Tempe, Arizona. But what researchers found lurking in the cool shadows may send children inside for the rest of summer to prevent being infected ...More
    July 20, 2001 Posted in News
  • Staph Continues Path of Most Resistance
    WASHINGTON, DC-There are new reports that healthcare workers' arch enemy, bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, has just defeated the latest kryptonite thrown it's way. Staph is now resistant to the latest antibiotic introduced just one-year ago. A new study from Harvard Medical ...More
    July 20, 2001 Posted in News
  • Scientists Determine Ebola, Marburg's Point of Infection
    NEW YORK-A team of scientists from the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, along with another group from the University of California, San Francisco, have determined how the lethal Ebola and Marbury viruses enter a human cell. Viruses usually creep into a human ...More
    July 16, 2001 Posted in News
  • Metrex Acquires OBF Technologies
    ORANGE, Calif-Sybron Dental Specialties, Inc. has announced that a subsidiary has acquired OBF Technologies of Downers Grove, Illinois. Metrex Research Corporation has acquired the company specifically for OBF's product line used in the management of biohazardous and ...More
    July 16, 2001 Posted in News