Advertisement

Infectious Disease General

Welcome Guidelines for Managing MRSA in Adults & Children

Sep 13, 2011

MRSA has been well documented as a significant cause of both healthcare–associated and community–associated infections. It is the predominant cause of skin infections among patients presenting to ...

Bacteria Contaminates 60% of Hospital Uniforms

Sep 01, 2011

More than 60% of uniforms worn by hospital nurses and doctors tested positive for potentially dangerous bacteria according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Infection Control....

The Role of Demographics in HIV Clinical Outcomes

Aug 30, 2011

According to 2006 estimates from the CDC, about 56,300 people were newly infected with HIV and 1,106,400 Americans were living with HIV infection, 21% of whom were undiagnosed. “It’s critical tha...

How Clostridium difficile Impacts IBD

Aug 02, 2011

Two decades ago, CDI was considered uncommon among IBD patients, even among those presenting with a disease flare up. In fact, some studies questioned the relevance of routinely looking for C diffici...

CDC Releases Statement on PCR Use for Pertussis

May 16, 2011

The CDC has issued a statement on best practices for use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to diagnose pertussis. The statement, available at www.cdc.gov/pertussis/clinical, provides information for ...

Persistent HPV Leaves Women More Vulnerable

May 16, 2011

Women with long-term persistence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection appear to be generally more susceptible to other HPV infections, especially longer-lasting infections, than women who have thes...

Stroke Incidence Increasing in HIV Patients

May 16, 2011

Over the past decade in the United States, there appears to have been a substantial and significant rise in patients hospitalized for stroke with coexisting HIV infection, according to findings of a s...

Website Provides Education on Surgical Site Infections

May 16, 2011

Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Inc. has launched the Safe Surgery Initiative (www.safesurgeryinitiative.com), a website for providers, health plans, and employers. It provides customizable...

A New Approach for Managing CDAD

Apr 20, 2011

Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) can present variably as a mild diarrheal illness to severe diarrhea, colitis, and, in the most serious cases, death. Patients may experience 20 or more...

Discolored Sputum Does Not Signal Antibiotics

Apr 04, 2011

Adults with acute cough/lower respiratory tract infection who present with discolored sputum appear to be prescribed antibiotics more often than those with clear/white sputum, according to a recent st...

General recommendations on immunization. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

Jan 28, 2011

Guideline Title General recommendations on immunization. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Bibliographic Source(s) National Center for Immunization and R...

Antiretroviral Therapy in HIV Infection: A Guideline Update

Dec 28, 2010

Successful antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been linked to dramatic decreases in HIV- and AIDS-defining conditions and their associated mortality. In 2008, the International AIDS Society–USA release...

Strategies to Prevent Clostridium difficile Infection

Dec 14, 2010

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is one of the most common causes of infectious healthcare-associated diarrhea in hospitals, with as many as 25% of cases caused by the organism. The increasing i...

Conference Highlights: IDSA 2010 Annual Meeting

Dec 09, 2010

The Infectious Diseases Society of America, or IDSA, held its 2010 annual meeting from October 21 to 24 in Vancouver. The features below highlight some of the news emerging from the meeting. » Com...

A Strategy to Prevent Postoperative Pneumonia

Nov 30, 2010

Postoperative pneumonia continues to create a burden on healthcare systems, often leading to increases in morbidity, length of hospital stay, and costs. Postoperative pneumonia is the third most commo...

Light Technology Zaps Hospital Superbugs

Nov 18, 2010

A lighting system appears to be able to kill hospital superbugs—including MRSA and C. Difficile—by decontaminating the air and exposed surfaces in a narrow spectrum of visible-light wavelengths, k...

New Superbug Surfaces in Three States

Sep 15, 2010

An alarming new adaptable gene that can turn several common germs and types of bacteria into superbugs, resistant to almost all antibiotics, has infected people in the United States — California, Ma...

Managing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Sep 14, 2010

Catheter-associated bacteriuria, the most common healthcare-associated infection, results from the widespread use of urinary catheterization. Oftentimes, the use of urinary catheters is inappropriate ...

Salmonella Outbreak Persists

Sep 03, 2010

The current salmonella scare is the largest outbreak of this strain since the CDC  started surveillance of outbreaks in the 1970s. And according to the CDC, for every case of salmonella reported, the...

Experimental Paint Kills MRSA Bacteria

Aug 24, 2010

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created nanoscale coating for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces that safely and effectively kills methicillin resistant Staphy...