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Surveillance & Epidemiology

Electronic surveillance and informatics are used by infection preventionists to assist in the detection of outbreaks of infectious diseases caused by pathogenic organisms in the healthcare setting. Data mining complements the numbers crunching performed by hospital epidemiologists to track transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) and facilitates public reporting of infection rates

  • Prior Exposure to Seasonal Influenza May Explain the Mildness of the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic
    Hong Kong researchers suggest a new theory for why swine flu infections turned out to be so mild. Prior exposure to seasonal influenza A, either infection or vaccination, may induce a cross-reactive immune response against the pandemic virus. They report their findings in ...More
    June 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Test May Simply and Rapidly Detect Lyme Disease
    Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have developed a more sensitive test for Lyme disease that may offer earlier detection and lower cost. The details are reported in the June 2010 issue of the journal Clinical and Vaccine Immunology. Lyme disease is a ...More
    June 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Oral Bacteria May Offer Probiotic Potential Against Upper Respiratory Infections
    Bacteria in the mouth may offer probiotic potential against upper respiratory tract infections say researchers from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy, and Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland. They detail their findings in the June 2010 ...More
    June 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • APIC Introduces Guide to Elimination of Infections in Hemodialysis
    In an effort to establish universally accepted best practices for protecting patients undergoing hemodialysis, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has published a Guide to the Elimination of Infections in Hemodialysis. Following ...More
    June 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Infection Rate in Accredited Ambulatory Facilities is Lower than in Hospitals
    The American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) says that a recent article widely reported on in the press, Infection Control Assessment of Ambulatory Surgical Centers, by Melissa K Schaefer, Michael Jhung et al. (JAMA ...More
    June 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Examines CF Survival Rates and MRSA Infections
    A team of researchers led by Elliott Dasenbrook, MD, MHS, assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and associate director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program at University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s ...More
    June 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • APIC Announces Second MRSA Prevalence Study
    As a follow-up to the ground-breaking national MRSA prevalence study conducted in 2006, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced the launch of the “2010 National U.S. Inpatient Healthcare Facility Methicillin-Resistant ...More
    June 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • How Bacteria Boost the Immune System
    Scientists have long known that certain types of bacteria boost the immune system. Now, Loyola University Health System researchers have discovered how bacteria perform this essential task.Senior author Katherine L. Knight, PhD, and colleagues report their discovery in a ...More
    June 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Grant Supports Development of Antimicrobial Sutures to Combat Infection
    A new discovery may help curb surgical site infections (SSI) through the use of a novel antibiotic agent that can be incorporated into sutures. SSIs are the third most common hospital-acquired infection and may be associated with severe morbidity and mortality. Since more ...More
    June 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • HHS Issues Statement on Recent Study of Infection Control Practices in ASCs
    Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the following statement: "Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare ...More
    June 9, 2010 Posted in News