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.

  • Montreal Doctors Get Slapped on the Hand
    MONTREAL-An internal study at a hospital of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal has found that fewer than one in four doctors wash their hands and wear gloves when examining patients. The study's author, Vivian Loo, MD, director of infection control at the ...More
    May 24, 2001 Posted in News
  • Combo Vaccine Fights Hepatitis
    PHILADELPHIA, Pa-SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals will being making and distributing a new combination vaccine that fights both hepatitis A and hepatitis B. The Twinrix vaccine will protect those 18 years of age and older from the threatening viruses. The vaccine has now ...More
    May 17, 2001 Posted in News
  • Genital Herpes Public Health Threat
    SEATTLE, Wash-Genital herpes has been a public health concern for many years. However, with more attention and funding going to AIDS prevention, the sexually transmitted disease (STD) is often overlooked. Herpes simplex virus 2 (HISV-2) cases have risen 30% since the 1970s. ...More
    May 14, 2001 Posted in News
  • Late Diagnosis of HIV Frequent
    LONDON-A new study shows that HIV patients are often diagnosed years after their infection, taking away valuable treatment time. In the United Kingdom, more than one third of HIV patients were diagnosed having a CD4+ cell count of less than 200 cells/µl. This late of a ...More
    May 14, 2001 Posted in News
  • When Nurses Aren't Found, Restraints Abound
    PHILADELPHIA, Pa-A University of Pennsylvania nursing researcher has found that patient deaths and restraint use may increase during nursing shortages. A three-year study of older adults with hip fractures showed that restraints to immobilize patients were used more ...More
    May 11, 2001 Posted in News
  • NICHSPDP Receives NCCA Accreditation for Certification Programs
    ANNANDALE, New Jersey-The board of directors of the National Institute for the Certification of Healthcare Sterile Processing and Distribution Personnel (NICHSPDP) has announced that the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has granted the group a five-year ...More
    April 20, 2001 Posted in News
  • Infection Control in Robotic-Driven Operating Rooms
    Infection Control in Robotic-Driven Operating Rooms New OR Designs Support Automation and Help "Keep It Clean" By Scott Hazlett, AIA Advancements in technology continue to drive increased automation in the OR. The trend toward minimally invasive surgical ...More
    April 1, 2001 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • 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