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.

  • Medical Technician Responsible for Hepatitis C Transmission
    BERLIN, Germany-German researchers are reporting a medical technician with a cut on his finger accidentally infected five hospital patients with the hepatitis C virus. The hospital's name and location are not being released. There have been rare cases where patients have ...More
    December 21, 2000 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Top Concern for Hospitals
    Hosptials around the country are looking for new and improved methods of controlling infection. In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The study showed that an estimated 44,000 to 98,000 Americans ...More
    December 14, 2000 Posted in News
  • Latin America Rocked by Dengue Fever
    An infectious disease is rolling through Latin America, leaving many victims in its wake. Dengue Fever has plagued the area since 1982 when the disease traveled to the region from Southeast Asia. The mosquito-borne virus preys on children and the elderly. Victims have ...More
    December 11, 2000 Posted in News
  • New Version of Hepatitis C Drug More Effective
    Doctors are hopeful a new version of a drug could help hepatitis C sufferers. Two studies, sponsored by the drug maker Hoffmann-La Roche Inc, tested a modified form of interferon called Pegasys against the standard Roferon-A. The findings show that Pegasys is more effective ...More
    December 8, 2000 Posted in News
  • Fight on Blinding Infection Expands
    KIPWISI, Tanzania-Julia Msongo is led from a thatched mud hut through a dusty front yard onto a traditional three-legged stool and admits that her husband of more than 20 years and four children are ``just voices in the darkness.'' The 54-year Kipwisi villager is among 6 ...More
    December 5, 2000 Posted in News
  • Nursing Role
    Microsurgery Team's Role in Surgical Site Infection Prevention Team strategies for assessing and preparing the patient and the OR By Cynthia Halvorson, RN, MSN, CNOR Approximately 27 million surgical procedures are performed each year. As the third most-reported nosocomial ...More
    December 1, 2000 Posted in Articles
  • Case Management/Outbreak Control
    Keeping Employees Healthy Education and Communication can Prevent Infectious Outbreaks By Pat Tydell, RN, MSN, MPH It is estimated that over eight million people are healthcare workers (HCWs) in this country. They work in traditional settings such as hospitals and nursing ...More
    December 1, 2000 Posted in Articles
  • Developing an Infection Control Program
    Developing an Infection Control Program By Karen Hoffmann, RN, MS, CIC Modern hospital infection control programs first began in the 1950s in England, where the primary focus of these programs was to prevent and control hospital-acquired staphylococcal outbreaks. In 1968, ...More
    December 1, 2000 Posted in Articles
  • Ebola Vaccine Works in Monkeys
    For the first time, a vaccine protected monkeys against the lethal Ebola virus, raising doctors' hopes of developing a means of inoculating people against the terrifying disease. Four macaques that were injected with the experimental vaccine suffered no ill effects after ...More
    November 29, 2000 Posted in News
  • Scientists report advance in tackling common viral respiratory disease
    Respiratory infections strike millions of people each year and collectively cause more deaths than any single infectious disease. For the first time, scientists have determined the structure of a key protein from a paramyxovirus, a leading cause of respiratory disease in ...More
    November 20, 2000 Posted in News