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Comprehensive Fluid Management Solution

March 4, 2014 9:26 am | by BASS Medical | Bass Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The BASS Medical comprehensive fluid management solution keeps the operating room floor dry during high fluid volume procedures such as shoulder and knee arthroscopy. The mat’s patented anti-splash and containment design keeps fluid from ever hitting the floor. It collects, contains, and rapidly evacuates contaminated fluid using standard wall suction.

HYPE-WIPE And MINI HYPE-WIPE Bleach Towelettes

March 3, 2014 10:33 am | by Current Technologies | Current Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

EPA-registered HYPE-WIPE and MINI HYPE-WIPE bleach towelettes from Current Technologies are one-step disinfectant wipes for most centrifuges and glucometers. The individually wrapped towelettes are saturated with the CDC/OSHA/NCCLS recommended 1:10 dilution of sodium hypochlorite and stabilized for an extended shelf life.  These economical towelettes also contain detergent so that they clean and disinfect in one step.

Battling The 'Bad Actor' Known As C. Diff.

February 28, 2014 9:47 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Every hospital facility has a “bad actor,” says Dr. Mitch Rubinstein. For The Valley Hospital that bad actor – a microorganism that causes trouble within a specific hospital facility – is Clostridium difficile...                

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Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV System

February 27, 2014 10:52 am | by Clorox Healthcare | Clorox Professional Products Company | Product Releases | Comments

Clorox Healthcare is now partnering with Ultraviolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI) to introduce the Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV System. For the first time ever, the two companies are teaming up to combine the power of manual surface disinfection with advanced ultraviolet (UV) technology to deliver an even more comprehensive surface disinfection solution.

Pulling Problem Teeth Before Heart Surgery To Prevent Infection May Be Catch-22

February 27, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

To pull or not to pull? A Mayo Clinic study found that roughly 1 in 10 heart surgery patients who had troublesome teeth extracted before surgery died or had adverse outcomes such as a stroke or kidney failure...       

One in Five U.S. Hospitals Don't Put Hand Sanitizer Everywhere Needed To Prevent Infections

February 27, 2014 9:51 am | News | Comments

Approximately one in five U.S. health facilities don't make alcohol-based hand sanitizer available at every point of care, missing a critical opportunity to prevent healthcare-associated infections, according to new research from Columbia University School of Nursing and the World Health Organization (WHO)...

Plastic Sterilization Trays

February 24, 2014 11:15 am | by Key Surgical | Key Surgical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Key Surgical Plastic Sterilization Trays are designed to protect delicate instruments during washing, sterilization, and storage. Constructed of durable, heat resistant plastic to ensure strength and chemical resistance, these trays are lightweight and incredibly easy to use. Enhanced features include a perforated, slotted lid and base to facilitate the circulation of steam and assist with drying. Raised nodes in the base allow for easy removal of silicone mat.

Study: Computerized Checklist Reduces Type Of Hospital Infection

February 24, 2014 7:05 am | News | Comments

A computerized safety checklist that automatically pulls information from patients' electronic medical records was associated with a threefold drop in rates of one serious type of hospital-acquired infection, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford...

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Study: Low Rate Of SSIs Following Ambulatory Surgery

February 19, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

In an analysis that included nearly 300,000 patients from eight states who underwent ambulatory surgery (surgery performed on a person who is admitted to and discharged from a hospital on the same day), researchers found that the rates of surgical site infections were relatively low; however, the absolute number of patients with these complications is substantial, according to a study...

U.S., 26 Countries Launch Effort To Fight Outbreaks

February 14, 2014 7:25 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort Thursday to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases before they spread around the globe. U.S. health officials called the Global Health Security Agenda a priority because too many countries lack the health infrastructure necessary to spot a new infection rapidly and sound the alarm before it has time to gain a foothold and even spread into other countries...

Infection Control Versus Psychology: To White Coat Or Not

February 12, 2014 11:07 am | by Michael Edmond, M.D., MPH | Blogs | Comments

As you enter your next patient’s room, bare below the elbows in your freshly laundered scrubs, stop for a split second and imagine yourself sporting a shiny white coat in all of its radiant splendor with a Superman logo blazing above the chest pocket...

The Rising Threat Of Superbugs

February 7, 2014 10:22 am | by Dr. Hudson Garrett, Senior Director, Clinical Affairs, PDI | Blogs | Comments

Bacteria will inevitably find ways of resisting the antibiotics that are developed, which is why aggressive action is needed now to keep new resistance from developing and to prevent the resistance that already exists from spreading. Hospitals should collaborate with the facility’s clinical pharmacy department, infection preventionists, and pharmacy and therapeutics committee to closely monitor trends and take action as necessary...

Study: Federally Sponsored Plan To Lower HAIs A Success

February 6, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

Researchers found that a federally sponsored plan to lower healthcare-acquired infections was successful in addressing the challenges of prioritizing and coordinating strategies. In addition, the plan has been associated with reductions in the rates of healthcare-associated infection rates, with progress made toward most targets where data are available...

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Columbia Study: Hospitals Don't Follow Infection Prevention Rules

February 6, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

While most hospitals have polices in place to prevent healthcare-associated infections, clinicians often fail to follow evidence-based guidelines established to prevent these infections, according to new research. The study found lax compliance even in intensive care units where patients are more likely to be treated with devices linked to preventable infections – such as central lines, urinary catheters, and ventilators...

Kimberly-Clark Awarded First Novation NOVAPLUS Contract For Hand Hygiene Products

January 31, 2014 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Kimberly-Clark and Novation today announced that for the first time in the history of the Kleenex brand, Kimberly-Clark is offering its complete line of hand-hygiene products via an exclusive contract through NOVAPLUS, the leading private-label brand for hospitals...

BactiQuik

January 31, 2014 10:12 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark Industries has announced that they are now offering a product called, “BactiQuik." It is a new prepackaged 1 ML vial of microbial suspensions that can be quickly and easily mixed with “Artificial Test Soil” (ATS) to perform validation testing for disinfection and sterilization. The vials that they come in contain a pure population of approximately 1x108 CFU/ML.

Llama-Derived Antibodies Open Door To Development Of C. Diff Treatments

January 30, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

Researchers have revealed the first molecular views showing how highly specific antibodies derived from llamas may provide a new method for controlling deadly infections from the opportunistic bacterial pathogen Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)...

New Guidelines For Healthcare Personnel Attire Are Short On Evidence

January 27, 2014 9:00 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

If I could ask the well-meaning folks at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America one question, it would be, "Why issue guidelines if you have no evidence to base them on?"              

Seattle Children's Hospital Investigated Over Dirty Instruments

January 24, 2014 9:49 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Scopes used during colonoscopies were found to have been cleaned improperly at Seattle Children's Hospital. As a result of the oversight, approximately 100 children are at risk. Following an investigation by the hospital, a lapse in the facility's cleaning process was discovered...

National Plan For Preventing HAIs Shows Progress

January 24, 2014 9:31 am | News | Comments

Independent evaluators have found that measurable progress in reducing the rates of some targeted HAIs has been achieved under the umbrella of a national plan to prevent HAIs that was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...

Protective Covers

January 23, 2014 11:47 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark Industries has announced a new line of products that are disposable, zip lock plastic sleeves designed to keep your phones and tablets clean. They also offer hygienic keyboard covers that help protect against cross contamination. Easy to fit and use, these protective covers may be changed as often as needed to ensure clean use anywhere you go.

Hand Hygiene Dispensing Platform

January 22, 2014 11:57 am | by Ecolab | Ecolab | Product Releases | Comments

Ecolab introduces Nexa, a new hand hygiene dispensing platform that is designed to make it easier to promote good hand-washing practices and reduce the spread of infectious diseases. The innovative Nexa platform can dispense an array of Ecolab hand hygiene products, including liquid and foam hand soaps, lotions, hand sanitizers, and body shampoos, all from the same unit, making changing of products easy.

Colon Surgery At Busier Hospitals May Lead To Better Recovery

January 22, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

People who have colon surgery at high-volume hospitals are more likely than patients at smaller ones to go straight home for recovery without needing special care, according to a large new study. There are many ways to gauge the success of a surgery. Being able to perform daily activities and get around independently after the procedure is as important as surviving and avoiding complications...

Researchers: Hospital Water Taps Contaminated With Bacteria

January 21, 2014 11:28 am | News | Comments

New research finds significantly higher levels of infectious pathogens in water from faucet taps with aerators compared to water from deeper in the plumbing system. Contaminated water poses an increased risk for infection in immunocompromised patients...

Nitrile Examination Gloves

January 21, 2014 10:03 am | by Tronex Healthcare | Tronex Healthcare | Product Releases | Comments

Tronex Healthcare’s evolving line of nitrile examination gloves now includes nine innovative styles plus NEW high-count packaging options. Manufactured in state-of-the-art ISO-certified and FDA-registered facilities from advanced material blends, Tronex nitrile exam gloves are offered in a variety of formulations, including seven chemotherapy-rated styles and two sterile options.

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