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CSI (Community Skin Infection) Enhanced Surveillance Protocol

Following a recent American study (Moran GJ et al, NEJM 2006;355:666-674), which tested patients  presenting to emergency departments with purulent skin and soft-tissue infections (SSTIs)...

Infection Prevention Society responds to the Keogh Review

In 2012 the Society worked with the Patients Association and Royal College of Nursing to recommend the need for a national discussion on the future of IPC (Infection Prevention & Control)),...

European Hand Hygiene - Excellence Award & Innovation Award 2013

The WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge Clean Care is Safer Care was launched in October 2005 to heighten awareness of the need to combat healthcare-associated infection to decrease ...

Study Of Hospital-Acquired Infection Yields Potential Therapeutic Target

Researchers in the Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have discovered how a common diarrhea-causing bacterium sends the body's...

Research Highlights Differing Methods Of Reporting Central Line Infections In Hospitals

A new study has found that some kinds of infection data may not be comparable across hospitals, and may not be suitable for use as a performance measure. Published in the leading US policy...

Daily Disinfection Of Isolation Rooms Reduces Contamination Of Healthcare Workers' Hands

New US research demonstrates that daily cleaning of high-touch surfaces in isolation rooms of patients with Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus...

Link Between Healthcare-Associated Infections And Expensive Hospital Readmissions

New research from the USA finds a strong link between healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and patient readmission after an initial hospital stay. The findings, published in the June 2012...

Molecular Pathway Through Which Common Yeast Becomes Fungal Pathogen

Scientists at the University of Toronto have found a molecular mechanism that plays a key role in the transition of Candida albicans yeast into disease-causing fungus - one of the leading...

200 Years Of Infectious Diseases

Unpredictable, ever-changing and with potentially far-reaching effects on the fates of nations, infectious diseases are compelling actors in the drama of human history, note scientists from the...

Infection With C. difficile lengthens hospital stays by 6 days

A new study published in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). reports that hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infection increases length of stay in hospital by an average of...

Probiotics Reduce Infections For Patients In Intensive Care

Traumatic brain injury is associated with a profound suppression of the patient's ability to fight infection. At the same time the patient also often suffers hyper-inflammation, due to the...

International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC)

The Twelfth Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control will run from Wednesday 12 October until Saturday 15 October 2011 in Venice and will be held in collaboration with the...

'Global Handwashing Day' 15 October 2011

With Global Handwashing Day (GHD) fast approaching, what is being done to raise awareness here in the UK? This year on the 15th October, there are a number of campaigns aimed at primary and...

HcAI advice and scope PDF docs now available for download.

NICE, in partnership with the Health Protection Agency (HPA), is currently developing advice on the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) in secondary care settings...

Is copper a valuable tool in the HcAI fight?

51% of patients in Intensive Care Units worldwide have infections and are more than twice as likely to die compared to patients without infections. [1] 80% of infectious diseases are...

Potential MRSA source's identified

Ehsanollah Ghaznavi-Rad, MSc, of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology at the Universiti Putra Malaysia, and colleagues, report in a research brief in Infection Control &...

HPA review of petting farms.

Health Protection Agency (HPA) review has found that there were 55 outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease linked to petting farms between 1992 to 2009 in England and Wales, according to research...

Good Bye Handshake...

Don't be surprised if your handshake is left hanging this cold and flu season. According to a recent survey commissioned by PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer, 2 in 5 American adults (nearly 92...

New research provides new details on Past Plagues

A multi-national team of academic, government and industry scientists from Europe, China and the United States published data reconstructing the global evolutional history of devastating plague...

Antibiotic Coatings make medical Devices Safer

Bacteria have a natural ability to attach themselves to surfaces, both natural and synthetic. Once attached the bacteria work collectively to for biofilms - Thin layers of bacterial colonies that...
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Potential MRSA source's identified

Ehsanollah Ghaznavi-Rad, MSc, of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology at...

Antibiotic Coatings make medical Devices Safer

Bacteria have a natural ability to attach themselves to surfaces, both natural and synthetic....

HPA review of petting farms.

Health Protection Agency (HPA) review has found that there were 55 outbreaks of...