Sterilization and Infection Control News Update - September 2014

​This month's update is still dealing with the mysterious diseases Ebola and MERS and also welcomes the newcomer Enterovirus D68, which is striking the US. It might not be as life threatening as the Ebola virus, but is still grabbing the media's attention and has just claimed the lives of a child this past weekend. These  stories give a clear picture:


List of States with Enterovirus D68 Grows

CNN - 16 September, 2014

Enteroviruses are very common, especially in the fall and winter months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 10 to 15 million infections occur in the United States each year. But this type of enterovirus --Enterovirus D68-- appears to be exacerbating breathing problems in children with asthma​.

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Enterovirus D68: 8 Things Parents Should Know

CBC News Health - 16 September, 2014

Since children seem most at risk, this article presents eight things parents should know about the respiratory virus.


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New Jersey Boy Went to Bed Fine, Didn't Wake Up Due to Enterovirus D68

CNN - 4 October, 2014

​First victim of Enterovirus D68. Let's hope it's the last.

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Ebola and Mers are Still Grabbing the Headlines

Aid Organizations Are 'Desperate' for Help with Ebola As Death Toll Surges Past 3,300

Washington Post - 02 October, 2014

The current rate of transmission and death is rapidly growing.

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U.S. Close to Solution for How Hospitals Must Dispose Ebola Waste

NBC news - 02 October, 2014

American health officials are scrambling to settle the critical question of how hospitals handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients - just as a Dallas hospital treats the first patient to be diagnosed with the virus on U.S. soil.

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What Can 14th Century Venice Teach us About Ebola?

Infection Control Today - 26 October, 2014

The way in which the Italian city of Venice dealt with the outbreak of the plague in the 14th century holds lessons on how to even mitigate the consequences of today’s emerging threats, like climate change, terrorism and highly infectious or drug-resistant diseases.

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Mers Seems to Be Under Control But Still in the Media


No MERS Cases in Makkah

Arab News - 02 October, 2014

No cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported among pilgrims in Makka. Saudi Arabia's health authorities have taken extreme measures to make the Hajj not only a spiritual journey but a healthy one.

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More Sterilization Infection Control Stories that Made the Headlines This Month


CMS Backs Sterilization Terminology Change - 03 September, 2014

Goodbye "flash sterilization" welcome "immediate-use steam sterilization (IUSS)".

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Infection-Control Expert Details Practical Steps to Help Your Practice

Dr. - 15 September, 2014

An Interview with infection control expert Dr. Tony Edwards  about  the current and long-term issues facing dental practices. She recommends: "When it comes to infection control, more and more people understand the need to have a trained, qualified person in every practice who is going to help them with their infection control".

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Got a Cavity? Check Whether Your Dental Clinic Is Infection Proof

Vancouver Desi - 05 September, 2014

Arnold was treated for a dental cavity and was diagnosed with Hepatitis B. It is important to ensure that the doctor open the examination instruments from a sterilized pouch in their presence.

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Thousands of Doctors Trained to Fight Infections During Hajj

Arab News - 30 August, 2014

A happy Hajj is an infection free Hajj.


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Ebola Prompts Desire for Infection Control Tech

Health IT Outcomes - 22 September, 2014

A new survey shows infection control technology is a top priority in 2015 due to rising hospital acquired infections and the scare of the Ebola outbreak.

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Investment in Infection Control Can Save lives

The National AE - 17 September, 2014

Despite the widely held assumption that prevention is better than cure, many health care facilities don't invest enough money, resources and effort into prevention and control programs.

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Ohio Hospital Resumes Surgeries After 3-day Delay Due to Tool Sterilization Concerns

Associated Press - 16 September, 2014

A hospital that halted surgeries for three days because of concerns about sterilizing tools has resumed those procedures.

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