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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.


  • Disaster Management: Healthcare Professionals Working Together
    Disaster Management: Healthcare Professionals Working Together A Conversation With David Vukich, MD, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida By Kelly M. Pyrek The first in a series examining disaster management and bioterrorism as ...More
    November 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Maximizing Hand-Hygiene Compliance to Improve Outcomes:
    Maximizing Hand-Hygiene Compliance to Improve Outcomes: A New Tool for Infection Control By Eleanor J. Fendler, PhD, MD and Patricia A. Groziak, MS Hospital-acquired infections are a major concern in healthcare facilities, affecting at least 2 million patients annually and ...More
  • Infection Control Today - 11/2001: One Nation, Indivisible
    One Nation, Indivisible "Sometimes on the way to your dreams you get lost and find a better one." --Anonymous The past two months have seemed like a dream--a very bad one at that. From the terror that shook this nation on September 11th to the small acts of ...More
    November 1, 2001 Posted in Articles
  • Syphilis Rates Soar in San Francisco
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif-Homosexual and bisexual men who have unprotected intercourse with multiple partners are falling ill with syphilis. In San Francisco, more than 116 people have been infected this year, compared to 71 in 2000 and 47 in 1999. Of those who have reportedly ...More
    October 29, 2001 Posted in News
  • Gay Men in San Francisco Face Shigella Outbreak
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif-Shigella sonnei, a member of the shigella bacteria family, is infecting young gay men at an alarming rate. The bacterium is responsible for causing bloody diarrhea and is being transmitted sexually. Analyzing the data of 230 confirmed cases in the San ...More
    October 29, 2001 Posted in News
  • 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