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Flu Alert Level Kept At Phase 5

May 18, 2009 8:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Connecticut chief epidemiologist Matt Cartter, second from right with back to camera, testifies before the legislature's Public Health Committee and the Public Safety and Security Committee at a forum held at the Legislative office building in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, April 30, 2009.

Video: Patient Safety Update

May 18, 2009 8:16 am | Covidien | Videos | Comments

The FDA reports a recall of cuffless pediatric tracheostomy tubes In its May 2009 Patient Safety News, the FDA reports Covidien, formerly known as Tyco HealthCare, has recalled certain lots of Shiley 3.0PED cuffless pediatric tracheostomy tubes. The recall stems from difficulties in inserting the obturator that is used to place the tube in the trachea and problems inserting a suction catheter into the tracheostomy tube, which may require replacing the tube.

Video: Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

May 18, 2009 7:45 am | Smith & Nephew | Videos | Comments

Proper post-operative care of surgical wounds can help reduce risks of infection in surgical patients. Smith & Nephew provides an educational, step-by-step video on its Negative Wound Pressure Therapy technology as a solution for enhanced wound care. To promote healing, NPWT works to deliver vacuum-assisted pressure below the wound surface.

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Q & A With Infection Preventionists

May 18, 2009 6:44 am | News | Comments

Surgical Products sought the insight of professional infection preventionists on the main challenges medical facilities face in infection control, and the key practices and products these infection control clinicians use in their own facilities to prevent infection. While the prevention measures against infection may seem basic, infection control, specifically surgical site infection, remains a leading concern for hospitals.

Crying Swine

May 13, 2009 2:32 pm | by Amanda McGowan, Editor | Product Releases | Comments

“Crying swine” was a good way to check up on infection control processes I am over the swine flu - not in the sense that I am "recovering" from the illness, but that I am done worrying about it. After reading news articles claiming U.

Flu Overhyped? Some Say Officials 'Cried Swine'

May 8, 2009 7:43 am | News | Comments

By Lindsey Tanner AP Medical Writer In this May 4, 2009 file photo, Fred Moiola Elementary School students, from left, Sammy Arne, Alix Gast and Kyle Edwards ride their bikes outside the closed school in Fountain Valley, Calif. The school is closed for swine flu sanitizing.

Up to 2 billion People Might Get Swine Flu

May 8, 2009 7:43 am | News | Comments

By Alexander G. Higgins GENEVA (AP) — Up to 2 billion people could be infected by swine flu if the current outbreak turns into a pandemic lasting two years, the World Health Organization said Thursday. WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda said the historical record of flu pandemics indicates one-third of the world's population gets infected in such outbreaks.

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Surgeons Replace 80 Percent Of Face Transplant Recipient's Face

May 8, 2009 7:43 am | News | Comments

By Marilynn Marchione AP Medical Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — When Connie Culp heard a little kid call her a monster because of the shotgun blast that left her face horribly disfigured, she pulled out her driver's license to show the child what she used to look like. Years later, as the nation's first face transplant recipient, she's stepped forward to show the rest of the world what she looks like now.

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Double Hand Transplant Patient Recovering Well

May 8, 2009 7:43 am | News | Comments

By Dan Nephin Associated Press Writer In this photo taken Wednesday Feb. 4, 2009, Valarie Kepner washes her husband, Jeff Kepner's legs following a shower in the morning before she heads to work and he waits to take his daughter to school in Augusta, Ga.

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Safer Methods for Internal Bone Fixation

May 8, 2009 7:43 am | by Ron Stoker | International Sharps Injury Preventation Society | Product Releases | Comments

Keeping both patients and clinicians safe from wirestick injuries Each year medical device facilities have a requirement to update their Exposure Control Plan. This update must include the evaluation of new safer technologies. Many infection control managers and OR supervisors evaluate safety scalpels, newer methods of suturing or closing wounds etc.

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Protective Disk Proven To Reduce Catheter-Related Infection

May 8, 2009 7:39 am | Ethicon, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Wound Management division of Ethicon, Inc. offers the Biopatch, a protective disk with CHG to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI) and local infections. According to the company, it is the only dressing clinically proven for use in skin antisepsis. A study published in JAMA® in 2009 showed use of a chlorhexidine gluconate-impregnated sponge (CHGIS) in intravascular catheter dressings reduced rates of catheter-related infections (CRIs), and also showed that changing unsoiled, adherent dressings every seven days rather than three days appears safe.

Face Masks Offer "Another Level Of Defense" Against Swine Flu

May 8, 2009 7:39 am | Encompass Group, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

With growing concerns about the current spread of the swine flu, the question has been raised, 'Will face masks protect against swine flu?' Tony Hanson, Managing Director of Marketing for Encompass Group, the manufacturer of ProGear™, an innovative, technologically advanced system of medical face masks developed and manufactured in the United States, stated, “At this time it is believed that the current strain of swine flu is passed hand-to-mouth and is not airborne, and the best defense is hand washing.

Surgical Gown Guards Against Infection In Four Critical Zones

May 8, 2009 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Cardinal Health SmartGown™ has been proven the only breathable, fully impervious surgical gown to pass the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Level 4 requirements, the company announces. In recent independent tests conducted by Nelson Laboratories in accordance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/AAMI Standard PB70:2003, results confirmed that other breathable surgical gowns that claim to be fully impervious provide only AAMI level 3 protection.

On The Right Track

April 20, 2009 5:43 am | by Amanda McGowan | Surgical Information Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The SIS Trax system manages tissue throughout its lifecycle, helping to prevent patient safety errors and optimize the hospital's bottom line. The operating room is nearly every hospital's biggest source of revenue—and its most costly department. Along with using expensive surgical instruments and resources on a daily basis, OR professionals are handling expensive pieces of inventory in the form of surgical tissue.

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Integrated Tracking and Compliance

April 20, 2009 5:43 am | Omnicell | Product Releases | Comments

Omnicell, Inc. introduces its Omnicell Tissue Center solution that, with the latest release of Omnicell OptiFlex™ 10.0 advanced supply chain management software, helps hospitals increase efficiency of tissue tracking processes and comply with regulations and recommendations by the Joint Commission and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

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