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Briefings Healthcare Environmental Services
Aug. 20, 2009
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Swine Flu: The Next Wave
from The Wall Street Journal
With about 55 million U.S. children heading back to school in the next few weeks, concerns are growing that the H1N1 swine flu will spread even further than it already has. Identified by scientists four months ago, the virus has already turned up in nearly every corner of the world, from Argentina to Iran. It defied public-health officials' predictions of a lull in the warm summer months, proliferating in military units and children's summer camps. More    E-mail article

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Celebrate ES Week at a 25 Percent Discount
from ASHES
Celebrate ES Week and take advantage of a 25 percent off sale on select items. National Healthcare Environmental Services & Housekeeping Week is September 13-19, 2009. This offer ends soon. More    E-mail article

ASHES 24th Annual Conference & Healthcare Marketplace
from ASHES
Visit to register for this event or access the conference recordings online. Access the Conference content on digital media (as released for inclusion), with audio fully synchronized to session PowerPoints – whenever you want, from wherever you are! That’s over 50 hours, presented as they happened in Reno, Nevada. As it is available for unlimited use, this multimedia offering is an excellent training tool and informational resource for employees. You can even download the sessions in MP3 format to your iPod for portable listening! More    E-mail article

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  • HHS Forum to Focus on H1N1 Preparedness
    from AHA News Now
    The Department of Health and Human Services on Aug. 20 will host a teleconference on H1N1 flu preparedness for hospitals and other health care providers. More    E-mail article

    Clostridium difficile Infection: Tracking a Virulent Pathogen
    from Infection Control Today
    The rates and severity of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) may be impacted by several factors, including antimicrobial use, other drug-prescribing factors, infection control practices, and the presence of a new strain of C. difficile that is more resistant to fluoroquinolones and associated with higher rates of morbidity and mortality. It is crucial for healthcare professionals to be aware of these factors and apply evidence-based practices for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of CDI. More    E-mail article

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    New, Faster Way to Diagnose, Fight Flu
    from Science Daily
    Researchers at Emory University are using a new and faster method of rapidly producing highly targeted monoclonal antibodies for use in diagnostic tests as well as a temporary therapy to stave off infectious diseases such as the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. More    E-mail article

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    H1N1: Separating Myth from Fact
    from Fox News
    With the world facing its first pandemic in 41 years, it’s easy to get caught up in all the hullabaloo that’s circulating about the swine flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the worst could be yet to come, so Americans need to prepare for a large outbreak this fall and winter as children return to school and people spend more time congregating indoors. To best prepare, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. More    E-mail article

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    1.1 Million-Plus Healthcare Workers Vaccinated for Seasonal Flu in 2008 as Part of a Flu Vaccination Challenge
    from Infection Control Today
    Joint Commission Resources (JCR) announced the results of the first-ever Flu Vaccination Challenge, a program launched just prior to the 2008/2009 flu season to help increase flu vaccination among healthcare workers. During the program's inaugural year, JCR challenged hospitals across the country to achieve a seasonal flu vaccination rate of 43 percent or higher among their staff. The goal was based on results from a 2005/2006 national survey of healthcare worker seasonal flu vaccination rates. More    E-mail article

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