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T&M Associates Announces New Addition To Their Health and Safety Team Featured in NJ Biz

Thomas Burgess has joined T&M Associates’ health and safety team at the Middletown-based engineering, planning and environmental consulting firm.  Burgess, who will be based out of the firm’s Clifton office, we will be responsible for environmental, health and safety services to a broad range of T&M clients.

He is a recognized leader in the safety field with 27 years of experience in the industry.  He has worked with both the public and private sector to provide multiple forms of safety services.

T&M Associates Member Of Joint Venture Team Awarded $600 Million Fema Contract For Flood and Other Risk Data Services

T&M Associates, a leading national engineering, environmental services and consulting firm, announced today it is part of a joint venture team awarded a five-year contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  T&M is part of the Compass PTS joint venture team that includes AECOM, CDM Federal Programs Corporation, Halff Associates, Fugro EarthData, Inc., ABSG Consulting and several sub-consultants. The group will provide architectural and engineering services for large-scale FEMA efforts to provide quality flood and other risk data, increase public awareness and achieve mitigation actions that reduce the risk to life and property.

T&M will participate in providing production and technical services for the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP), Hazard Mitigation Technical Assistance Program (HMTAP) and Technical Assistance and Research Contracts (TARC) programs.  The Risk MAP program combines flood-hazard mapping, risk-assessment tools and hazard-mitigation planning into an integrated initiative that encourages building more-resilient communities. 

“This is a milestone contract because it will not only provide at-risk communities with much needed resources to help prepare, withstand and recover from natural hazards, but with the information and educational resources critical to achieving that goal,” said Gary Dahms, PE, PP and T&M President, CEO and Chairman.

In conjunction with Risk MAP, HMTAP provides assistance to aid FEMA headquarters, regional counterparts and field offices to meet post-disaster mitigation responsibilities, while TARC aims to create nationally applicable FEMA publications, tools, training and education to be used by emergency managers and the nationwide building community.  Projects are scheduled to be initiated between December 2014 and 2019, with the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract expected to yield between US$100 and US$300 million.

About T&M Associates

T&M Associates is an engineering consulting firm specializing in development, energy, environmental and transportation services.  Established in 1966 and headquartered in Middletown, NJ, the company is consistently recognized by national and local trade organizations for project excellence, including ranking in the top half of Engineering News Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States.  T&M’s tagline, “Your Goals. Our Mission.,” encapsulates its commitment to develop effective, creative and timely strategies and solutions to achieve its public and private clients’ business objectives. T&M has nearly 400 employees and operates in 16 office locations throughout Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  For more information visit

DermWORX Supports Troops With Donation To Soldiers’ Angels

Provides Topical Relief to Soldiers Stationed in Harsh Climate and Conditions

DermWORX, a New Jersey based company that provides premium, non-prescription dermatology products to clinicians and their patients, announced its donation of a topical anesthetic to Soldiers Angels. The non-profit organization provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families and a growing veteran population, including the sending of care packages of urgently needed items. Through Soldiers Angels, DermWORX provided $105,000 in product donations of LidoWORX, a rapid-acting pain relief topical gel, to soldiers in need stationed in Africa, where climate conditions can be severe.

“When we learned about what Soldiers? Angels does for the military and their families, there was no question that we wanted to help their cause. Fortunately, DermWORX has a very practical and effective product that could help provide some relief for soldiers stationed in areas with biting insects and harsh sun. We immediately jumped at the chance to make a donation, said Tom Ford, chief executive officer of DermWORX.

LidoWORX is a fast-acting and effective dermal analgesic gel that provides temporary numbing and relief from pain and itching associated with sunburn, insect bites or other minor skin irritations. LidoWORX uses a special four percent lidocaine formula that conveniently acts fast and dries clean, making it ideal for mosquito or other insect bites and stings. The gel comes in a compact 0.4 ounce tube, suitable for soldiers on the move. It is available through physicians and skin health professionals across the U.S.

About DermWORX
DermWORX is a New Jersey based company that develops premium, non-prescription dermatology products for clinicians and their patients. DermWORX brings a wide range of passions and experience to their product offerings, including scientific research, health education and advocacy, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. For more information about DermWORX, visit or

Celebrity Moms Star in Exergen TemporalScanner’s Game Time Temperature” Contest For Fall and Winter Sports Broadcasts

Exergen Corporation is placing the spotlight on its TemporalScanner thermometer by sponsoring Westwood Ones NFL, and Sports USA’s NFL and NCAA football radio broadcasts, as well as Performance Radio Network’s NASCAR Racing events. The radio spots recorded by high profile moms remind consumers that the TemporalScanner is a fast, accurate and non-invasive tool for identifying fever, the most important symptom of the flu. Most, of all, it makes busy moms lives easier. The robust radio campaign features Wendy Venturini, the first woman anchor to announce a NASCAR race, Lauren Bohlander Kanaan, the wife of the 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan, Nanci Kahn, wife of award-winning play-by-play announcer Larry Kahn, and Leah O?Brien-Amico, Gold Medal winner for USA Women?s Softball in 1996. All of the moms are users of the Exergen TemporalScanner, speaking first-hand from their experience. Exergen is sponsoring a Game-Time Temperature contest throughout the football season. Fans can guess the game time temperature before it is announced on Westwood One and Sports Radio USA and win an Exergen TemporalScanner. For more information, visit or the Exergen Facebook page at Similarly, via Performance Racing Network, NASCAR racing fans can guess the Green Flag Temperature to win a TemporalScanner. ?Our innovative technology has revolutionized the way the world takes temperatures, and who better than busy moms to share that message with millions of sports fans, said Dr. Francesco Pompei, CEO of Exergen Corporation. ?We know that a high percentage of sports fans are women and we want to let them know how it can make their lives easier when caring for sick infants and children. Exergen markets two models of the TemporalScanner thermometer: a professional version for doctors’ offices and hospitals, and a consumer model sold in major retailers nationwide. Nearly two billion temperatures are taken each year with the TemporalScanner. It is used in thousands of hospitals, clinics and pediatricians’ offices across the country, as well as in millions of homes. In addition to being the #1 preference of pediatricians in the US, it is the #1 preference of nurses, and the #1 selling retail thermometer. The Exergen TemporalScanner’s performance is supported by more than 50 peer-reviewed published studies covering all ages from preterm infants to geriatrics and all care areas from hospitals to homes. For additional information, visit

Nebraska Methodist Hospital Safeguards Soft Surfaces with Privacy Curtains Powered By X-STATIC®

Bacteria-Resistant Curtains Protect the Fabrics Surrounding Patients 

X-STATIC® Antimicrobial Technology has been chosen by Nebraska Methodist Hospital to elevate its standard of care for fabrics in the healthcare environment. The facility will install bacteria-resistant Arc-Com privacy curtains powered by X-STATIC® in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) of its new surgery center.

Terry Micheels, MSN, RN, CIC, and the Service Leader of the Epidemiology Department at Nebraska Methodist Hospital explained, ?We have things we do to address soft surface fabric risk in the facility already. However, we felt a better solution was needed for the new PACU, which would contain a number of cubicle curtains for patient privacy needs.? 

A 2012 study published in the American Journal of Infection Control concluded that privacy curtains are rapidly contaminated, with 92 percent showing contamination within one week. [1]

evaluated antimicrobial solutions and determined a technology which is permanently integrated into the product was optimal next to a temporary topical solution. The durability of X-STATIC, certified at 200+ commercial launderings, was a critical decision-making factor. 

?Fabrics are contaminated and are a critical link in the chain of infection,? said Joel Furey, Chief Commercial Officer at Noble Biomaterials. ?This means we must update policy and standard practice, follow proper cleaning procedures and understand what technologies are available to us to actively and continuously manage contamination.?

Peg Luebbert, MS, MT (ASCP), CIC, CHSP and Founder of Healthcare Interventions, LLC., offered suggestions for anyone evaluating soft surface fabric solutions: ?I suggest  you pay close attention to any kill claims made by antimicrobial fabric manufacturers and ensure those claims are backed by the appropriate approvals. For example, a fabric that claims it ?kills MRSA? needs to have a public health claim approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To my knowledge, there are no soft surface fabrics currently available that have the ability to make the kill claim.?

Luebbert also stressed that antimicrobials aren?t all the same and identified questions to ask: Is it currently registered as an antimicrobial with the EPA or is that pending? What is the durability and efficacy of the product?  Is the end product certified, or is it just the technology?

Fabrics powered by X-STATIC® are the premier solution for bacterial management on scrubs, uniforms, privacy curtains, and lab coats. It is currently registered as an antimicrobial with the EPA and is the only company to certify the efficacy of its technology in finished products.  X-STATIC® is made in the USA, has undergone extensive safety testing and is used by Olympic athletes, US armed services, premier athletic brand lululemon athletica inc, and many other leading consumer brands.  For more information, visit X-STATIC ® on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @XStaticFiber.

 About Noble Biomaterials, Inc.                                        

X-STATIC® is a registered trademark of Noble Fiber Technologies, LLC. Headquartered in Scranton, PA, Noble Biomaterials, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets advanced antimicrobial technologies designed to manage all forms of bacterial contamination. It has more than 200 global licensees for products in the medical, defense, industrial and consumer markets and the company’s headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Scranton, PA, with offices in Europe, Asia and South America.



Hospital privacy curtains are frequently and rapidly contaminated with potentially pathogenic bacteria. American Journal of Infection Control. Volume 40, Issue 10; Pages 904-906, December 2012

New Randomized Study Shows 3.15% Chlorhexidine Gluconate/70% Isopropyl Alcohol Solution Most Effective for Disinfecting Needleless Access Sites at 5 Second Scrub Time

PDI Prevantics® Device Swab is the only 3.15% Chlorhexidine Gluconate/70% alcohol solution to receive market authorization by the FDA

Clinical investigators recently released results from the first and only randomized, cross-over, prospective, comparative effectiveness clinical study evaluating the benefits of a 3.15% Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol over 70% Isopropyl Alcohol alone in disinfecting needleless connectors. The study was funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epicenters Program and executed by Rush University in Chicago, IL. The results were presented at the 2014 IDWeek Conference in Philadelphia, PA, on October 11, 2014.

The findings align with CDC Guidelines which state: “Some studies have shown that disinfection of the devices with chlorhexidine/alcohol solutions appears to be most effective in reducing colonization.” The investigators determined that the CHG and alcohol scrub resulted in less needleless connector contamination than an alcohol scrub at a five second scrub time. Prevantics® Device Swab from PDI, leading provider of infection prevention solutions, is the only 3.15% Chlorhexidine Gluconate and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol solution that has received market authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for disinfecting needleless access sites prior to use.

“This study answers a previously unknown clinical question about the most efficacious antiseptic for disinfection of needleless access sites and also ideal prep times,” said Hudson Garrett, PhD, Vice-President, Clinical Affairs for PDI. “This study demonstrates the importance of targeted efforts to reduce contamination on needleless access sites and ensure evidence-based practices for disinfection of needleless access sites.”

The PDI Prevantics® Device Swab is fully compliant with the evidence-based guidelines and recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Infusion Nurses Society, the Association for Vascular Access, and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

About PDI

PDI helps reduce preventable infections, control healthcare costs, and ultimately help save lives by delivering a broad range of evidence-based, market leading skin antisepsis, environmental hygiene and patient care solutions. PDI’s expertise in making a difference in the community and healthcare environments extends throughout the United States and worldwide.

Mercury Media Names Andrew McLean Chief Executive Officer Industry Leader Brings Experience and Track Record

Mercury Media, the largest independent full-service performance media company in the U.S., has named Andrew McLean Chief Executive Officer.  Widely recognized for his leadership of media agencies and client focused operations, McLean brings over 25 years of strategic marketing and media experience to Mercury.


“Andrew is the ideal individual to lead our future efforts,” said Maria Eden, President of Mercury Media. “He brings leadership expertise, strategic know-how, excellent client and talent development skills, and deep industry knowledge.”


McLean comes to Mercury with over 25 years of media experience gained from working with clients and companies, most recently in the digital and entertainment sides of the business with Inventus Media, Deluxe, and ZONZA. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Omnicom’s PHD, a media and communications agency. McLean led PHD through a period of dramatic growth and digital expansion.


“Success in media is all about service and performance and this is Mercury Media’s DNA. I am delighted to be joining the Mercury team and look forward to helping grow our clients’ business through the increased focus on performance that embodies Mercury Media,” said McLean.


McLean is best known for the 12 years he spent at WPP’s MEC and GroupM as part of the original management team who founded and grew GroupM. McLean served in a number of roles including Chief Development Officer where he grew revenue, managed major clients, and developed an executive development program for next generation leadership.  While at GroupM, McLean provided management support to six media companies and worked on the trading team integrating digital and traditional media buying. He started at MEC as part of the senior management team that oversaw the merger of The Media Edge with CIA and built it into one of the most successful and globally recognized media agencies.


Earlier in his career, McLean held executive positions at The Walt Disney Company and DMB&B/Mediavest. He is Chairman of the NY Chapter of the International Advertising Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the Grady School of Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, and holds other board positions in the media industry and with non-profit organizations. He is a frequent and well-known industry speaker.


About Mercury Media

Founded in 1989, Mercury Media is the largest privately-owned, full service performance marketing agency in the country, with a focus on direct response marketing across multiple channels and formats.  With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Princeton and Chicago, Mercury specializes in placing and managing fully integrated advertising campaigns that enable its clients to cost effectively generate transactions and/or acquire customers through the use of television and digital media to both general market and Hispanic media. For more information, please visit




New Survey Says Nurses Are Bullish On The Industry Outlook

A survey from, the largest online networking and support site for nurses, reveals that the majority of nurses (74 percent) think the job outlook for the nursing industry is positive. Nearly three quarters of respondents (72 percent) would recommend that a person go into the nursing field, and the overwhelming majority (82 percent) believe that the nursing industry has a positive perception in society today.

 “There are many misperceptions about nurses, the role they play, and the industry overall,” said Brian Short, Founder of, and a registered nurse himself. “These survey results – which are quite positive – provide a more accurate and up to date look into what nurses think, and indicate areas where patients and nurses can work more closely together.”

Of particular importance, said Short, is the critical role that nurses play in serving as the patient’s advocate. He encourages patients and their families to talk to their nurses as they are the closest to the patient and work hand in hand with doctors to deliver the best and most appropriate care.

Forty percent of nurses said the single biggest challenge they face today is the nurse-to-patient ratio. Nurses want to spend more time at the bedside, but administrative duties and having too many patients can keep them from doing so. Nurses also believe that patients and their families are confused when it comes to knowing the role nurses play vs. that of physicians, with less than 10 percent of nurses thinking that patients understand the difference.

When asked what makes an ideal nurse, respondents ranked knowledgeable, compassionate and patient advocate as the most important characteristics. Gallup polls show that nurses are consistently ranked the highest among other professions for trustworthiness and credibility. When nurses were asked to weigh in on which hospital TV shows most closely resemble “real life,” it was a close race among the long-running ER and Grey’s Anatomy hospital dramas and the more recently launched documentary-style program, NY Med.

More than 1,600 nurses and registered members of completed the survey, with the majority of them (47 percent) working in hospital settings. Recent estimates show that between 2008 and 2010 there were approximately 2.8 million registered nurses (RNs) and 690,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in the United States. Registered nurses are the largest sector of employees in the healthcare industry.


Founded by Minnesota Registered Nurse, Brian Short, is the leading networking site for nurses and nursing students. For nearly 20 years, has been the collective voice of the nursing community, supporting the profession by providing a place where nurses can network, share, and learn from each other. With an ever-growing community of more than 825,000 registered members, is the go-to place to communicate and discuss nursing, jobs, schools, NCLEX, careers, and so much more. For more information, visit