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Dec. 24, 2008
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Below you will see those news items most viewed by our audience this year. Thank you for your help in making this ASHES publication a success and for your loyalty week after week. In observance of the holiday season, this will be the last Briefing newsletter for 2008. Look for the next email distribution on Thursday, January 8, 2009. We hope you have a great, happy, and safe holiday and a prosperous 2009.

MRSA and C. difficile Infections Reduced by 50 Percent in Hospital Study
from Market Watch
To help prevent the spread of germs and protect its patients from infections, Rome Memorial Hospital is using two new products that kill germs on hands and surfaces between cleanings. According to Infection Prevention Director LeAnna Grace, the hospital conducted a 12-month research study of Germ Pro's new surface disinfectant and hand sanitizing lotion to evaluate how well they work and was excited by the results. More

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CDC Updates Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization
from AHA News Now
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidelines for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing medical devices and the health care environment. New topics include inactivating antibiotic-resistant bacteria and disinfecting complex medical instruments such as endoscopes. More

Patients Develop Superbug MRSA Infections After Undergoing MRI Scanning
from Market Watch
Dr. Peter Rothschild, one of the world's foremost MRI experts, is alerting the public to the possible risk of Superbug MRSA infections during medical imaging studies, such as MRI. Numerous patients have developed "Superbug" infections that are resistant to conventional antibiotics after their MRI. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one of the most common superbugs that patients have contracted after undergoing an MRI scan. More

Infection Control Guidelines Issued
from The New York Times
Hoping to improve infection control in hospitals, the nationís top epidemiological societies joined Wednesday with the American Hospital Association and the Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals, to issue a compendium of guidelines for preventing six lethal conditions. More

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C. diff Epidemic Likely to Get Worse
from WebMD
The nation's epidemic of the nasty superbug Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, will likely get worse before it gets better, says a panel of experts. Cases of the potentially dangerous diarrhea bug have now been seen in all 50 states, says L. Clifford McDonald, MD, of the CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion. And "we haven't hit bottom yet," says Lance Peterson, MD, of the Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute in Illinois. More

Light-activated Treatments Could Solve MRSA Problems After Surgery
from Science Daily
Killer dyes that can wipe out bacteria could help solve the superbug problems faced by surgical patients, scientists heard at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn meeting being held this week at Trinity College, Dublin. More

How to Design an Effective In-House Training and Educational Program in Critical Cleaning & Contamination Control
from The Science Link
Attendance at conferences is valuable. However, to get everyone on the same page and to make sure that itís the right page for your application, nothing beats an in-house training or educational program. An in-house program can be geared to your specific product and processes. In addition, it is easier to discuss company-specific problems and ideas if your competitors, high-level representatives of key regulatory agencies, and auditors from customers are not grinning at you from across the room. More

Oregano Could Help Eradicate MRSA Superbug
from Telegraph
Scientists have discovered that the herb, commonly used in cooking, could eradicate the deadly infection from hospital wards. A team at the University of the West of England in Bristol, working with partners in India, found that tiny quantities of carvacrol, a naturally occurring compound in oregano, is a more effective antimicrobial agent than 18 pharmaceutical drugs it was compared against. The discovery could lead to a new defence in the fight against hospital infection. More


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Learn how Premise helped a 1,000 bed hospital reduce its bed turnover time from eight hours to 30 minutes, while cutting related phone calls from 12 to just one. More

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