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Infection Control

Health department looking to fund in-school vaccines

KNOXVILLE, TN — The Knox County Health Department is looking for ways to fund its in-school vaccine program as funding changes threaten their ability to fully fund the program.
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Levels of bacterial contamination identified

WASHINGTON — Hospital beds are potential reservoirs of bacteria in hospitals, and preventing contamination of the bed and providing a cleaner surface should help prevent healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs).
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Hospital under investigation for infection control practices

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors say a worker at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire caused an outbreak of hepatitis C, prompting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to investigate the hospital''s infection control procedures.
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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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Unlikely source of bacteria outbreak

TORONTO — Although they were installed to promote better handwashing practices in intensive care and patient rooms, state-of-the-art sinks were actually doing more harm than good.
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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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Olympic Games could breed Olympic germs

LONDON — The 2012 London Olympic Games will bring together residents, athletes and visitors from more than 200 countries, making the need for vigilance against germs a daunting task.
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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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CDC: Whooping cough worst national epidemic in 50 years

ATLANTA — Whooping cough, once a deadly disease to U.S. children, has become rare and antiquated, thanks to a vaccine that drove the number of cases down.
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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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