• Do You Know Where Your Foley Is?
    During the fall of 2004, the Idaho infection control department at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (SARMC) in Boise, Idaho, began using a Web-based data-mining software system (MedMined). As a result of using MedMined, it was identified that SARMC’s Urine Nosocomial ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • TOC July 2007
    Getting to the Point of Sharps Safety Best Practices Facilities Embrace Sharps Safety Plans at Different Speeds and Success Rates By Michelle Beaver Safety Syringes: Is Your Institution Stuck in the Stone Age? By Barbara DeBaun, RN, MSN, CIC Catheters and Infection ...More
    July 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • IDSA Urges Congress to Support Hatch Amendment; Provisions Would Counter the Threat of Drug-Resistant Superbugs
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is calling on members of Congress to support the "Antibiotic Safety and Innovation" amendment introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to the Food Drug Administration (FDA) Revitalization Act. Without innovative public policy, ...More
    May 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Johns Hopkins Begins Aggressive Screening for Superbugs in Children
    Infection control and critical care experts at the Johns Hopkins Hospital have ordered testing for the two most common hospital superbugs for every child admitted to its pediatric intensive care unit. The more stringent admission screening methods for methicillin-resistant ...More
    April 17, 2007 Posted in News
  • Most-at-Risk Nursing Home Residents to be Tested for Superbugs
    A Johns Hopkins study of adult patients admitted to the Johns Hopkins Hospital showed that patients who resided in nursing homes or other kinds of long-term care facilities at any time within the last six months were far more likely than other adult patients to carry or be ...More
    April 17, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • The Fight Against UTIs Continues
    A healthy person who contracts a urinary tract infection (UTI) certainly has reason to be upset, but when that person is already sick and contracts a UTI from a catheter, the risk and outrage compounds. Data on the estimated cost of catheter-associated UTIs (CAUTIs) ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Busting Bugs in Las Vegas, ICT Style
    A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the infection prevention professionals who joined us in Las Vegas in January for the firstever ICT Conference on Professional Development. It was a three-day learning and laughter fest, where infection control practitioners (ICPs) ...More
    March 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Bad Bugs
    In much of life, change is a good thing. But a glaring exception exists — pathogens that continually mutate, creating resistance to the very pharmaceuticals designed to kill them. Their very nature is unfixed, mutable. Certain of these continually stand at the front of the ...More
    January 2, 2007 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Treatments for Urinary Infections Leave Bacteria Bald, Happy and Vulnerable
    Bacteria that cause many urinary tract infections are normally coated in fine hairlike structures known as pili (top), but researchers have been developing new drugs that leave the bacteria bald and incapable of causing infections (bottom). The schematic in the center (not ...More
    December 21, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Compounds in Cranberry Juice Show Promise as Alternatives to Antibiotics for Treating a Host of Human Illnesses
    WORCESTER, Mass. -- Compounds in cranberry juice have the ability to change E. coli bacteria, a class of microorganisms responsible for a host of human illnesses (everything from kidney infections to gastroenteritis to tooth decay), in ways that render them unable to ...More
    September 11, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions