Public Health

  • Reducing Surgical Site Infections
    By definition, a surgical site infection (SSI) is an infection that develops within 30 days after an operation or within one year if an implant was placed and the infection appears to be related to the surgery.1 Post-operative SSIs are the most common healthcare-associated ...More
    March 1, 2008 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Recruitment, Retention and Respect: The Perioperative Nurse Community’s Challenge
    ICT sat down with Mary Jo Steiert, RN, BSN, CNOR, outgoing president of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), to discuss the challenges and rewards of working in perioperative nursing. Q: What have you enjoyed about serving as AORN president? A: It’s ...More
    March 1, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • New Survey Reveals Highest Rates of Drug-Resistant TB to Date
    WASHINGTON, D.C. and GENEVA -- Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has been recorded at the highest rates ever, according to a new report published today. The report presents findings from the largest survey to date on the scale of drug resistance in tuberculosis. The ...More
    February 27, 2008 Posted in News
  • Evolutionary History of SARS Supports Bats as Virus Source
    Scientists who have studied the genome of the virus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) say their comparisons to related viruses offer new evidence that the virus infecting humans originated in bats. The analysis tracing the viruses’ paths through human and ...More
    February 19, 2008 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Researchers Discover New Target for Preventing and Treating Flu
    Structure of amantadine inside viral binding site. Illustration courtesy of William F. DeGrado, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Emerging subtypes of influenza A virus hold the potential to initiate a world-wide epidemic in the next few years, according to ...More
    January 30, 2008 Posted in News
  • Best Practices: New Ways to Observe Time-Tested Guidelines
    Whether you are a veteran or are new to the field, it may be time to revisit the concept of infection prevention best practices. It’s a term used frequently, but what exactly is a “best practice” these days, especially with the proliferation of legislative mandates, ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Zero Tolerance for Infections: A Winning Strategy
    “Zero tolerance” is quickly becoming the new watchword in infection prevention, as the concept of striving for zero infiltrates U.S. hospital staffs as they strive to meet new pay-for-performance mandates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), this fall ...More
    January 24, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Health Groups Release 2008 Immunization Schedules
    Updated immunization recommendations for childhood influenza and adolescent meningococcal vaccinations are included in the 2008 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy ...More
    January 14, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study Says Home Treatment of Pneumonia is Safe and Effective
    GENEVA -- Treating children with severe pneumonia at home is just as effective as treating them in hospitals, a new study has found. The study results could significantly change the way the illness is managed in developing countries, saving a significant number of lives ...More
    January 8, 2008 Posted in News
  • Experts Publish Groundbreaking Research to Aid Malaria Eradication Efforts
    Leading research scientists, physicians, and public health specialists from around the world have published new insights into the international burden of malaria and how the global community can best combat the disease, it was announced today by malaria experts at the ...More
    January 7, 2008 Posted in News