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Gloves Off: Infection control—you promised to do no harm
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:41 AM
More than 80% of dental practices think they’re doing infection control well, but are they? In this episode of Gloves Off, Dr. David Rice and Tija Hunter talk about how to keep up with ever-evolving infection control guidelines. Read more. 
 
Newest Omicron Covid-19 lineages gaining ground in United States
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:38 AM
We’re still in the Age of Omicron, but the face of it keeps changing. Read more.
 
IZ Express #1,638: Immunize.org updates vaccination schedule guides for adults with risk factors, and more
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:36 AM
IZ Express #1,638: Immunize.org updates vaccination schedule guides for adults with risk factors, and more. Read more. 
 
Dental Quality Alliance seeking volunteers for workgroup
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:34 AM
New workgroup will develop practice- and clinician-level oral heath quality measures. Read more. 
 
Monkeypox update: Where the outbreak stands now
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 05:24 PM
With the number of monkeypox cases continuing to grow, health officials have encouraged providers to look for a broader range of potential symptoms, and the United States has purchased an additional half a million vaccine doses for its stockpile. Read more. 
 
Innovative Combined Proactive Risk Assessment identifies vulnerable points in healthcare processes
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 05:22 PM
Healthcare facilities aim for zero avoidable patient harm. Toward that aim, healthcare organizations continuously identify, assess and remediate sources of risk. Reactive risk assessments (RRAs) such as incident reporting and root causes analysis and proactive risk assessments (PRAs) like failure mode and effects analysis are tools to reduce risk; however, they are generally conducted independently. Read more. 
 
Study spotlights Omicron's impact on unvaccinated, rural Americans
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 05:20 PM
Though it causes less severe disease than the Delta variant, the highly transmissible Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant has been twice as deadly in unvaccinated people and has therefore hit rural Americans harder than those living in cities, a study today in Frontiers in Medicine finds. Read more. 
 
New industry guidelines aim to limit antibiotic manufacturing waste
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 05:18 PM
A coalition of companies representing the pharmaceutical, biotech, and diagnostics industries today released new guidelines to help antibiotic manufacturers limit the release of antibiotic manufacturing waste into the environment. Read more. 
 
Barriers to Hand Hygiene Include Availability of Products, Lack of Feedback
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 03:30 PM
Health care worker hand hygiene compliance ticked up during COVID, but levels remain low nationwide. A 3-hospital network in Illinois wanted to know why. Read more. 
 
Linking medical and dental records could improve dental patient safety, preventive care, and treatment outcomes
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 03:27 PM
Dental professionals require access to each patient's complete electronic health record—including laboratory test results and current prescriptions—so they can provide the best care possible; care that is safe for the patient, promotes preventive management and improves dental treatment outcomes. Read more. 
 
Using Science To Solve Oral Health Inequities
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:20 AM
At NIH, we have a front row seat to remarkable advances in science and technology that help Americans live longer, healthier lives. By studying the role that the mouth and saliva can play in the transmission and prevention of disease, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) contributed to our understanding of infectious agents like the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. While these and other NIH-supported advances undoubtedly can improve our nation’s health as a whole, not everyone enjoys the benefits equally—or at all. As a result, people’s health, including their oral health, suffers. Read more. 
 
Covid is making flu and other common viruses act in unfamiliar ways
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:18 AM
Covid is making flu and other common viruses act in unfamiliar ways. Read more. 
 
CDC Completes County-Level Documentation of 7 Tick-Borne Diseases
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:16 AM
The CDC recently compiled surveillance data showing the span and prevalence of 7 major pathogens commonly carried by blacklegged ticks. Read more. 
 
Virginia Hospital System develops reusable gown that eases supply chain and environmental impact issues
Monday, June 13, 2022 02:56 PM
Inova Health System shares success of developing user-friendly gown at APIC Annual Conference. Read more.
 
Resources for 2022 National HIV Testing Day
Monday, June 13, 2022 02:54 PM
National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is observed on June 27th each year to emphasize and encourage HIV testing. Read more. 
 
Statement from HHS Secretary Becerra on the CDC Decision to Rescind the Order Requiring Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing Prior to Flight to the U.S.
Monday, June 13, 2022 02:52 PM
Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra issued the following statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that – based on science and available data – pre-departure COVID-19 testing for U.S.-bound air travelers will no longer be required, starting this Sunday. Read more. 
 
Research leading to COVID-19 vaccines reaps close to $1B in royalties for Penn
Monday, June 13, 2022 02:50 PM
The University of Pennsylvania has reaped extraordinary financial gain from COVID-19 vaccines — approaching $1 billion since the beginning of last year — thanks to patents on a process Penn researchers developed more than 15 years ago. Read more. 
 
Latent TB testing, positivity increased throughout 2021
Monday, June 13, 2022 02:48 PM
Data collected between 2019 and 2021 assessing trends in latent tuberculosis testing and positivity showed increased rates correlating with COVID-19 testing, researchers said at ASM Microbe. Read more. 
 
How Long Can You Test Positive for COVID Following Infection?
Monday, June 13, 2022 02:45 PM
When it comes to testing, the PCR tests are more likely to continue picking up the virus following infection. Read more.
 
Factors influencing opioid prescribing after tooth extraction
Monday, June 13, 2022 09:29 AM
Read more. Tooth extractions account for most opioid prescriptions from dentists, but specific characteristics that influence likelihood are less established. Improving understanding can facilitate development of tailored interventions to reduce unnecessary opioid prescribing. Read more. 
 
NIDCR's Summer 2022 E-Newsletter
Monday, June 13, 2022 09:27 AM
NIDCR's Summer 2022 E-Newsletter. Read more.
 
Pfizer-BioNTech shot for children under 5 safe and effective, FDA staff says
Monday, June 13, 2022 09:25 AM
Food and Drug Administration staff said Sunday the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, for children younger than 5 is effective in producing a virus-blocking response and did not raise safety concerns, a prelude to a crucial review this week by the agency’s independent advisers. Read more. 
 
HRSA names Georgia state dental director its new chief dental officer
Sunday, June 12, 2022 04:52 PM
The Health Resources and Services Administration has named Adam Barefoot, D.M.D., M.P.H., chief dental officer. Read more. 
 
Excessive mobile device use linked to higher BMI, other adverse health outcomes
Sunday, June 12, 2022 04:50 PM
People who spend more time per day using wireless mobile devices are more likely to have a higher BMI, lower-quality sleep and other adverse health outcomes, according to a presenter at ENDO 2022. Read more. 
 
Project Firstline: The Power to Stop Infections. Together.
Saturday, June 11, 2022 12:51 PM

In order to better support healthcare workers to prevent infections in health care, it is essential that members of our nation’s healthcare workforce are equipped with the infection control knowledge they need and deserve to protect themselves and their patients. Project Firstline was created with and for healthcare workers - to meet their diverse needs and learning preferences. The innovative content is designed so that regardless of a healthcare worker’s previous education or training, they can understand and confidently apply the infection control actions necessary to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers from infectious disease threats.

Infection control is most effective when everyone practices it consistently – every person, every action, every day. We have the power to stop infections. Together. Read more. 

 
World Hepatitis Summit 2022 statement
Saturday, June 11, 2022 12:49 PM
At the 2022 World Health Assembly, countries recommitted to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. Read more. 
 
Did Stethoscope Hygiene Improve Before and After COVID-19?
Saturday, June 11, 2022 12:47 PM
Despite the emphasis on more improved infection prevention practices, stethoscope hygiene continually falls short, possibly leading to more health care-acquired infections. Read more. 
 
Clinical management and infection prevention and control for monkeypox: Interim rapid response guidance, 10 June 2022
Saturday, June 11, 2022 12:45 PM
In the context of the current multi-country monkeypox outbreak, WHO has developed interim rapid response guidance for the clinical management and infection prevention and control of monkeypox for health care and community settings. Read more. 
 
Aerosol Management Using High-Volume Evacuation
Friday, June 10, 2022 05:45 PM
Reducing aerosols is a key step toward effective infection control in the dental setting. Read more. 
 
Summer Travel
Friday, June 10, 2022 05:43 PM
Warm weather often means more bug bites, greater risk of heat-related illnesses, and more water and outdoor activities. Follow CDC’s tips below to protect yourself and others during summer travel. Read more. 
 
Nearly half of dentists experience mental health issues
Friday, June 10, 2022 05:41 PM
More than 40% of dentists say they have experienced a mental health issue, including burnout, mood disorders, or serious thoughts of suicide. Too many don't consider taking a break from practicing, according to a study published June 9 in Healthcare Management Forum. Read more. 
 
Report profiles aerosol spread in hospital COVID-19 outbreak
Friday, June 10, 2022 05:39 PM
SARS-CoV-2 RNA in air samples collected at a nurses station at a Boston hospital were identified in all particle sizes and were genetically identical to human samples from a healthcare-associated outbreak, according to a new study in JAMA Network Open. Read more. 
 
CDC director: Monkeypox may be tricky to diagnose
Friday, June 10, 2022 05:38 PM
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, said clinicians should not rule out a monkeypox diagnosis if a patient presents with a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Read more. 
 
The ease and importance of cleaning evacuation lines
Friday, June 10, 2022 11:48 AM
Over time, biofilm and other debris build up in the lines, which compromises the suctioning power of the system. Here's how to easily keep them flushed out. Read more. 
 
After the Infection Is Gone
Friday, June 10, 2022 11:46 AM
MassCPR experts discuss the knowns and unknowns of long COVID. Read more. 
 
Environmental Hygiene Shows Severe Issues in Global Survey
Friday, June 10, 2022 11:42 AM
From language barriers to lack of equipment, environmental hygiene is suffering throughout the world. Read more. 
 
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