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Honey May Hold Key to Beating Hospital Superbug
from The Sydney Morning Herald
Australian researchers have identified a type of bacteria-blasting honey capable of taking on the superbugs that have infected the Australian hospitals. It's well known that honey has anti-bacterial properties but scientists from the University of Sydney say a particular type derived from native tea tree is especially potent. More
Infection Prevention Text Updated, Improved
Joint Commission Seeks Input on Standards
ASHES Announces Additional CHESP Online Study Group
Hospital Bugs 'Not Always Preventable'
2009 ES Week Materials Available
On June 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic alert to phase six indicating an official worldwide influenza pandemic after the emergence of the novel influenza A H1N1 virus.
The WHO says the virus is contagious and spreading easily from one person to another. As of June 15, the WHO reported nearly 36,000 cases of H1N1. Margaret Chan, director-general of WHO, said severity so far has been moderate, with few deaths. However the organization is concerned with the spread of the disease and its effect on younger, healthier people.
For more thoughts on how medical facilities handled, and continue to handle, the H1N1 outbreaks visit OSHA Healthcare Advisor, where IC blogger Peg Luebbert has some thoughts about pandemic planning and employee health from the APIC conference .
While you're there you may also want to take our poll question about how H1N1 will affect the fall.
Kimberly-Clark Professional Launches Bath Tissue and Towel Dispensers with Microban Antimicrobial Protection
At a time when public concern about the day-to-day risks of exposure to microbes remains high, Kimberly- Clark Professional has an exclusive product solution that addresses these issues: A full range of toilet paper and paper towel dispensers with Microban antimicrobial protection. The dispensers offer built-in antimicrobial protection against common bacteria, such as yeasts, molds and fungi that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration.
Unlike surface treatments, Microban antimicrobial product protection is added during the manufacturing process and is an integral part of the dispenser that will not wash off or wear away, providing protection for the life of the dispenser. Kimberly-Clark Professional is the only personal care products provider licensed to offer dispensers with Microban protection.
Microban technology provides antimicrobial protection against stain and odor-causing bacteria. It also helps prevent microbes from growing and reproducing. This keeps dispensers cleaner between cleanings. Microban protection is available with the following Kimberly-Clark Professional dispensers: the Lev-R- Matic Roll Towel Dispenser, Sanitouch Roll Towel Dispenser, Coreless JRT Twin Bath Tissue Dispenser and Coreless Double Roll Bath Tissue Dispenser.
As with all Kimberly-Clark Professional products, the dispensers with Microban protection come with the Kimberly-Clark Professional "No Questions Asked" guarantee. The guarantee reimburses purchasers up to $1,000 worth of free product if the initial product does not meet expectations. More
New Keyboards Designed to Help with Infection Control
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