Entries in Infection Prevention (132)

Friday
Jun102016

Why Some Hospitals Are Banning Flowers and Balloons

Flowers, balloons and other traditional get-well gifts are no longer welcome in many hospitals that are increasingly focused on reducing the risk of infection and allergic reactions.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Army anthrax revelations raise oversight concerns

New revelations about systemic safety problems at a huge Army biodefense lab show the need for better oversight and accountability at facilities working with dangerous pathogens.

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Thursday
Jan142016

A Billion in Pandemic Prevention Is Worth a Trillion in Cure

The world is warned to prepare now for health crises such as the Ebola outbreak, or pay a lot more later.

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Monday
Aug312015

Personal Clothing May Spread Respiratory Infections

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is the leading cause of childhood respiratory hospitalizations among premature babies, can be detected from the clothes worn by caregivers and visitors who are visiting infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to research being presented at the International Conference on Emerging and Infectious Diseases in Atlanta.

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Tuesday
Aug042015

Hospital-acquired infections kill tens of thousands of Americans every year

You go to the hospital to get better. But too often, the opposite happens. Recent estimates show that every year 648,000 people develop infections while in the hospital. Nasty ones, too, that may not be treatable with antibiotics and that prove fatal for 75,000 hospital patients.

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Monday
Aug032015

WHO and sailing body seek virus tests in Rio Olympic venues 

The World Health Organization has asked the IOC to analyze virus levels in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters, and the governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent virus tests.

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Tuesday
Jul212015

OSHA Updates Inspection Procedures for Protecting Healthcare Workers from Tuberculosis

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated instructions for conducting inspections and issuing citations related to worker exposures to tuberculosis in healthcare settings. This instruction incorporates guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, “Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005.”

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Monday
Jul202015

More than 70 test positive for tuberculosis in El Paso

More than 70 people at a West Texas school and a halfway house have tested positive for tuberculosis.

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Friday
Jul102015

Power, airflow, safety issues plague high-tech CDC labs

Multimillion-dollar, high-tech laboratory buildings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that house deadly bacteria and viruses continue to suffer power outages and failures of important airflow systems that help prevent pathogens from being released, records obtained by USA TODAY show.

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Wednesday
Jun242015

Samsung scion apologizes for MERS spread at group hospital

The heir-apparent of South Korea's massive Samsung Group bowed in apology during a nationally televised address on Tuesday for failing to stop the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) at a Seoul hospital run by a group foundation.

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