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In the News: Serratia marcescens

A contaminated IV fluid is being investigated as the cause of deaths of nine patients in a Montgomery, Alabama, hospital. The infections were found in 19 patients receiving Temporary Perentral Nutrition (TPN), which is a liquid nutrition that feeds the patient. Nine of the 19 patients involved have died, health officials have not determined if […]

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Facts About Radioactive Contamination and Radiation Exposure

Radioactive contamination occurs when radioactive material is deposited on or in an object or a person. Radioactive materials released into the environment can cause air, water, surfaces, soil, plants, buildings, people, or animals to become contaminated. A contaminated person has radioactive materials on or inside their body. Internal contamination occurs when people swallow or breathe […]

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First Patient Safety Professional Organization Launched

A new organization has been set up by patient safety professionals. The organization called American Society Of Professionals in Patient Safety goal is to build a community of individuals who’s mission is to accelerate the delivery of safe patient care. The organization currently has 175 members. The group plans to develop their own certification program, […]

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Pertussis, or whooping cough, is an acute infectious disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. Pertussis is primarily a toxin-mediated disease. The bacteria attach to the cilia of the respiratory epithelial cells, produce toxins that paralyze the cilia, and cause infelammation of the respiratory tract, which interferes with the clearing of pulmonary secretions. Pertussis antigens […]

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