Superbugs


  • 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
  • iKEY Announces New Line of Infection-Control Keyboards to Protect Patients
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Keyboard manufacturer iKEY says it believes healthcare professionals should be confident that the treatment they provide isn't making patients sicker. In response, iKEY has developed the FL Series of cleanable medical keyboards and mouse that are designed ...More
    June 27, 2006 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • New Approach to Defeating Gram-Negative Bugs
    Ronald Woodard’s team set out looking for a way to kill a stubborn type of bacteria and they succeeded — but not in the way he expected. “We didn’t get there the way we thought we’d get there, but in the end, we were right,” says Woodard, chair of medicinal chemistry at the ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • New Approach to Defeating Gram-Negative Bugs
    Ronald Woodard's team set out looking for a way to kill a stubborn type of bacteria and they succeeded---but not in the way he expected. "We didn't get there the way we thought we'd get there, but in the end, we were right," said Woodard, chair of medicinal chemistry at the ...More
    March 13, 2006 Posted in News
  • Up-and-Coming Bugs: Evaluating the Latest Infectious Trends
    Up-and-Coming Bugs: Evaluating the Latest Infectious Trends By Kris Ellis As all infection control practitioners (ICPs) know, the world of dangerous microorganisms is in a state of constant evolution and flux. New threats must be closely monitored along with those that are ...More
    January 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Working the Bugs Out of Infection Control
    Working the Bugs Out of Infection Control Using Integrated Pest Management to Reduce Risk of Vectorborne Disease By Zia Siddiqi, PhD, BCE The last thing any healthcare professional wants is for patients with weakened immune systems to be exposed to disease-causing agents ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles