In Focus, In the News: June 29, 2011

June 29, 2011

A collection of current healthcare-associated infection (HAI) news articles, commentaries, and press releases.  In Focus, In the News is published Monday – Thursday on the HAI Focus blog.

Current News about Healthcare-Associated Infections

 

Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic Resistance Threatens Return to Pre-Antibiotic Era. Central Florida Medicine.com, June 28, 2011.  Question and answer session with Paul Bates, VS, DLM, CIC.

Antimicrobial Products

Press Release. murex Pharma, Inc.–Specialty Pharma and Medical Technology Company–Forms New Agricultural Technology Subsidiary and Appoints Dairy Industry Executie Zurex Pharma Inc. pharmiweb.com, June 28, 2011. murex Pharma, Inc has formed a new Agricultural Technology Company. “The Zurex technology platform consists of proprietary and novel antimicrobial products designed to prevent healthcare acquired infections.”

Healthcare-Acquired Conditions (HACs)

New York City medical malpractice attorney: High rates of HACs in NYC hospitals. JusticeNewsFlash.com, June 19, 2011. New York City medical malpractice attorney Johnathon C. Reiter reports, according to data recently released by CMS, some New York metropolitan hospitals have relatively high rates of hospital acquired conditions (HACs).

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Prevention Efforts

Sandra Yin.  Duct Tape Cuts Time and Costs Related to Contact Precautions.  Medscape Today, June 29, 2011.  About the Red Box duct tape strategy.

Press Release. Trinity Infection Prevention team use duct tape to reduce infections, save $110,000. Quad-Cities Online, June 28, 2011. Red Box strategy, wins Blue Ribbon Abstract Award for presentation at Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology’s 2011 Annual Conference and International Meeting.

Measles

Dr. Tia Raglan Medley.  Opinion, Vaccines are Key to Good Health.  Essex-MiddleRiverPatch, June 29, 2011.  “The recent measles outbreak has returned the importance of vaccines to the limelight. Dr. Tia Raglan Medley, pediatrician at Franklin Square Hospital Center, explains why vaccines are important.”

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Press Release, Rising Rate of Staph Pneumonia in Children.  Newswise, June 29, 2011.  About a recent study presented in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal showing the “rate of pneumonia in children caused by infection with Staphyloccus aureus bacteria has doubled over the past decade.”  Three-fourths of those infections were caused by MRSA, including the USA300 strain; one-fourth were caused by MSSA.

Press Release, State and Federal Poster Inc. Proclaims that the Minimum Wage for Arizona is Starting to Increase Slowly Year After Year and also has a Requirement for Work Exposure.  PRWeb, June 28, 2011.  “State and Federal Poster Inc. encourages businesses to post up the Work Exposure to MRSA notice. It is required that the employees notify a claim if an employee has a disease, disability, infection, or anything related to MRSA also known as the Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.”

People Making News in the Healthcare-Associated Infections Field

Press Release. Don Byrne, Founder and CEO of Byrne Medical, Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year(R) 2011 Gulf Cost Area Award Winner. marketwire, June 27, 2011. Byrne Medical, Inc., “the leader in disposable infection prevention solutions,” announces award to Don Byrne.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

BioMask (TM) Wins FDA Clearance. NCTechNews, June 28, 2011. “Filligent Limited has received unprecedented FDA clearance for its range of BioFriendTM (Series A) surgical facemasks.”

 

Employment Positions in Infection Control

 

Infection Control Manager. Quality Assurance Department.  Alameda County Medical Center. Oakland, California. Posted May 31, 2011. “Under direction, plans, develops, directs and evaluates infection prevention and control activities throughout ACMC; monitors and analyzes the effectiveness of ACMC’s infection control program; acts as liaison between the Infection Control Committee and all departments; prepares ACMC and its services for surveys and inspections of infection control and surveillance measures by accrediting and licensing agencies.”

Infection Control Professional/Epidemiologist.  Kaiser Permanente.  Los Angeles, California. Posted June 28, 2011. “Acting as an expert resource/consultant in 1 or more than 1 care setting (primary, secondary, tertiary, continuing care), the Infection Control Professional/Epidemiologist contributes to the provision of high quality patient care by promoting and implementing infection prevention and control practices and compliance with regulatory agency requirements.”

Infection Control Professional.  Kaiser Permanente.  Baldwin Park, California.  Posted June 28, 2011.  “Acting as an expert resource/consultant in 1 or more than 1 care setting (primary, secondary, tertiary, continuing care), the Infection Control Professional/Epidemiologist contributes to the provision of high quality patient care by promoting and implementing infection prevention and control practices and compliance with regulatory agency requirements.”

Infection Control Coordinator.  Munroe Regional Medical Center.  Ocala, Florida.  Posted June 28, 2011.  “As an Infection Control Coordinator, you will be responsible for coordinating, implementing and evaluating epidemiological controls developed by the Infection Control Committee; Assist and actively participate in the development of, and the provision of Infection Control educational programs for staff (i.e., orientation and in-services); Supervise the activities of the Infection Control Practitioners.”

Director Infection Control.  Scott & White Healthcare.  Temple, Texas.  “The Infection Control Program Director is responsible for the planning, coordination and success of the Infection Control Plan Implementation. The IC plan includes surveillance, specific environmental monitoring, consultation, committee involvement, outbreak and isolation management, education, and continuous quality improvement. The IC Director is also responsible for the development of health system policies and procedures to support rigorous compliance with IC standards that meet JCAHO, OSHA, CDC and public health requirements. The position is also responsible for Employee Health activities for the S&W system.”

Medical Officer.  Food and Drug Administration.  Silver Spring, Maryland.  Posted June 24, 2011.  ” The Infection Control Devices Branch of the Office of Device Evaluation (ODE)/Center for Devices & Radiological Health(CDRH) at FDA is recruiting preferably for a Board Certified Infectious Disease (ID) Specialist, with experience in hospital infection control.”

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