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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.

  • Staph Swaps Genes
    WASHINGTON, DC-The leading health threat to hospitals and patients is a master of disguise. Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as Staph bacteria, has been found to swap genes with other bacteria to resist antibiotics. A new report in the Proceedings of the National ...More
    July 12, 2001 Posted in News
  • Legionnaires' Strikes Spain
    MURCIA, Spain-A rural farming community 250 southeast of Madrid is facing an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. There are 178 people confirmed to be infected by the airborne bacteria, and another 292 hospitalized with symptoms. Legionnaire's disease is often difficult to ...More
    July 12, 2001 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis C: An Update
    It's often portrayed as a virus causing an incurable disease--a killer with few outward warning signs that lurks inside the body and slowly ravages the liver. For some, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is deadly, but for most of the nearly 4 million Americans infected with the ...More
    July 11, 2001 Posted in News
  • Microbicide Wanted To Protect Women From AIDS
    WASHINGTON, DC-Women are more susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases and are often not able to persuade their partner to use condoms. Many women feel helpless protecting themselves from AIDS and other diseases, especially in situations where domestic violence is more ...More
    July 5, 2001 Posted in News
  • Condoms Protect Women from HSV-2 Infections
    WESTPORT, Ct-A new report published in The Journal of the American medical Association shows women are much less likely to become infected with herpes simplex virus type-2 (HSV-2) if their infected partner wears a condom. Anna Wald, MD, from the University of Washington in ...More
    July 2, 2001 Posted in News
  • Half of Sexually Active Women Infected with HPV
    CHICAGO-A new study from The Journal of the American Medical Assoocation shows that more than half of sexually active women will become infected with human papilloma virus (HPV) if they are sexually active during three years. The report from the University of California San ...More
    July 2, 2001 Posted in News
  • Hand Hygiene and Gloves:
    Hand Hygiene and Gloves: Infection Control is Within Your Grasp By Deborah Davis, MS, MBA Next to your own intact skin, the gloves you wear are the first line of defense against potentially infectious agents for you and your patients. Studies have shown that at least ...More
  • Infection Control Today - 07/2001: Instrumental Knowledge
    Preventing Thermal Burns from Electrosurgical Instruments By Anne Reed "I shall protect them from all harm." This excerpt from the Hippocratic Oath is the mandate under which all physicians serve. It dictates that above all else, during the course of any medical ...More
    July 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 04/2001: The Role of Environmental Cleaning in Infection Control
    The Role of Environmental Cleaning in Infection Control By Jamie Wolf Articles documenting infection after improper reprocessing of patient-care items and decontamination of surfaces have emphasized the need for appropriate cleaning and disinfection. Although most ...More
  • Healthcare Workers Use Engineering Controls to Eliminate BloodbornePathogens Hazard
    Healthcare Workers Use Engineering Controls to Eliminate Bloodborne Pathogens Hazard By Pat Tydell, RN, MSN, MPH The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, which took effect on Nov. 2, 2000 after being passed unanimously by Congress, directed specific revisions of the ...More
    July 1, 2001 Posted in Articles