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Infection Control

University to study new MRSA therapy

WAUWATOSA, WI — Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Children''s Hospital of Wisconsin received a one-year, $20,000 grant to study the use of blue light as a possible therapy for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.
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Disinfection tips to remember

JOHNSTOWN, NY — Recent outbreaks of whooping cough in several U.S. states have prompted representatives of Spray Nine to release key tips to ensure proper disinfection to contain the disease''s spread.
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Redesigning for health

LONDON — A study out of Huddersfield University has revealed that 55 percent of nurses'' bags are never cleaned and only six percent are cleaned once a week.
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Med students unwilling to speak up

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — A cross-sectional study recently took place in Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, assessing the willingness of medical students to speak up about subpar hand hygiene practices among their colleagues and supervising physicians.
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Five-second rule not a sure thing

CHICAGO — If you believe conventional wisdom, you have about five seconds to pick up that piece of food that has fallen to the floor before its contaminated with any germs, but is this wisdom fact or fiction?
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C. diff rates dropping

TORONTO — Rates of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections dropped by more than a quarter after Ontario made it mandatory for hospitals to publically report cases of the hospital-acquired infection (HAI).
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