Infectious Diseases

Seasonal influenza vaccination and the nurse

Seasonal influenza vaccination and the nurse We are about to enter the seasonal influenza vaccination year. There continues to be concern, and rightly so, about the low seasonal influenza vaccination rates of RNs and other...

Drugs Today – July 2008

An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.

Drugs Today – January 2008

A monthly update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals
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Take Note – December 2007

Previous pneumonia vaccination reduces ICU admissions Among adults hospitalized for pneumonia, those who’ve been vaccinated against the disease are less likely than unvaccinated patients to require admission to an intensive care unit (ICU). A study...

Infection control for lifts and slings

Your guide to keeping lifts and slings free from infection.

Best practices for seasonal influenza immunization

Seasonal influenza and influenza-related complications are the most frequent causes of death from a vaccine preventable disease in the United States. In 2006, the February 24 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report stated that approximately...

Blood-borne pathogen exposure injuries

Healthcare workers are exposed to blood-borne pathogens through contaminated needlesticks, sharps injuries, and mucous membrane exposures to infectious blood or body fluids of patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that healthcare...

Precautionary approach guides ANA’s thimerosal policy

ANA's position statement on thimerosol-containing vaccines emphasizes a precautionary approach.

Mumps on the rebound

After decades of dormancy, mumps is back and could be making an appearacne soon at a clinic or hospital near you.

Using antibiotics effectively for acute-care patients

In the ever-escalating war between bacteria and human beings, some of the bugs are outsmarting us. Here's what you need to know about antibiotic therapy to help reduce bacterial resistance and optimize therapy for patients with acute infections.
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Take Note – October 2006

CDC recommends annual flu shots for children ages 2 to 4 For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is endorsing yearly flu shots for healthy children ages 2 to 4,...

Seasonal influenza immunization for healthcare workers gains attention

Flu season approaches. Protect yourself and your patients by getting immunized.