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Germs and Flu are Up; Infection Control is Down
Even as the threat from drug-resistant germs continues to rise and a novel swine flu virus sweeps the country, U.S. hospitals are cutting back on staff and resources to battle potentially deadly patient infections. More
Detecting Soap Fumes from Hospital Hands
WHO Chief: Flu Pandemic Appears to be Happening
Poll: Prevention a Top Health Reform Priority for Americans
FDA Warns Not to Use Skin Products Made by Clarcon Due to Bacterial Contamination Risk
Consumers should not use any Clarcon products and should throw these products away. Analyses of several samples of over-the-counter topical antimicrobial skin sanitizer and skin protectant products revealed high levels of various bacteria, including some associated with unsanitary conditions. Some of these bacteria can cause opportunistic infections of the skin and underlying tissues. Such infections may need medical or surgical attention, and may result in permanent damage.
Findings from the FDA's recent inspection of the Clarcon facility are particularly concerning because the products are promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds, damaged skin, and protect against various infectious diseases. Visit here for more information and the list of products.
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from Infection Control Today
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major problem in nursing homes with one in four residents carrying the bacteria, a study by Queen’s University Belfast and AntrimAreaHospital has found. Its authors say that the findings, which have been published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, highlight the need for infection control strategies to be given a higher priority in nursing homes. More
FDA Warns of 'High Levels' of Disease-Causing Bacteria Found in Certain Hand Sanitizers
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