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Nosocomial L pneumophila Outbreak Attributed to Heat Exchanger Installation

Nosocomial L pneumophila Outbreak Attributed to Heat Exchanger Installation

Nosocomial legionellosis as a result of heat exchangers installed in a hospital in Sherbrooke, Canada.

The relative risk for healthcare-associated infections has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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Hand Washing Compliance Rates in Early Childhood Care Centers

Hand Washing Compliance Rates in Early Childhood Care Centers

Hand washing compliance was less than 30% among caregivers working with children between infancy and 5-years-old.

FDA Rules on Antibacterial Soap for Consumers

FDA Rules on Antibacterial Soap for Consumers

The ruling applies to consumer products containing 1 or more of 19 specific active ingredients.

CDC Report: Improper Contact Lens Care Contributes to Infections

CDC Report: Improper Contact Lens Care Contributes to Infections

The report, which included information on 1,075 contact lens-related infections that were reported to a Food and Drug Administration database, noted that 1 in 5 contact lens related infections often led to more serious eye complications.

FDA Requests Additional Data on Consumer Hand Sanitizers

FDA Requests Additional Data on Consumer Hand Sanitizers

The request is part of the FDA's larger, ongoing review of OTC antiseptic active ingredients to ensure these ingredients are safe and effective.

FDA Officials Suggest Banning Most Powdered Medical Gloves

FDA Officials Suggest Banning Most Powdered Medical Gloves

Side effects include airway and wound inflammation, agency says

FDA Approves Wound Dressing for Battlefield, Trauma Settings

FDA Approves Wound Dressing for Battlefield, Trauma Settings

The dressing can be used for up to four hours, which could allow time for the patient to receive surgical care.

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