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U.S. Prepared for Ebola—10 Patients at a Time

October 13, 2014 12:04 pm | by Dr. Jane M. Orient | Blogs | Comments

Have you wondered why Ebola patients are being sent to Omaha, Nebraska? It’s because one physician, Dr. Philip Smith, had the foresight to set up the Nebraska Biocontainment Patient Care Unit after the 9/11 attacks as a bulwark against bioterrorism ...

Rapid Control Interventions Key In Preventing Ebola Spread

October 10, 2014 12:13 pm | News | Comments

New Ebola research demonstrates that quick and forceful implementation of control interventions are necessary to control outbreaks and avoid far worse scenarios. Researchers analyzed up-to-date epidemiological data of Ebola cases in Nigeria as of Oct. 1, 2014, in order to estimate the case fatality rate, proportion of health care workers infected, transmission progression and impact of control interventions on the size of the epidemic ...

Maryland School of Medicine Begins Ebola Vaccine Trials

October 10, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

Professor Myron M. Levine, MD, Director of the Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece MD, PhD, MBA, announced that the CVD, in conjunction with its sister institution, The Center for Vaccine Development of Mali and the Ministry of Health of Mali, have begun a clinical trial in health care workers to evaluate a promising experimental Ebola vaccine ... 

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Investigation Into GI Scope-Related Infections Changes National Guidelines

October 9, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

National guidelines for the cleaning of certain gastrointestinal (GI) scopes are likely to be updated due to findings from UPMC's infection prevention team. The research and updated disinfection technique will be shared Saturday in Philadelphia at ID Week 2014, an annual meeting of health professionals in infectious disease fields ... 

Study: College Athletes in Contact Sports More Likely to Carry MRSA

October 9, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Even if they don't show signs of infection, college athletes who play football, soccer and other contact sports are more likely to carry the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), suggests a study on MRSA and athletes, which is being presented at IDWeek 2014™. This puts them at higher risk for infection and increases the likelihood of spreading the bug, which can cause serious and even fatal infections ... 

The Risks of Performing Surgery During the Ebola Outbreak

October 9, 2014 10:35 am | by Karen Attiah, The Washington Post | News | Comments

Beyond the death toll from Ebola across West Africa the outbreak of the deadly virus has also caused serious complications to the provisions of other types of health care. People seeking access to health care for treatment of malaria cannot get help, pregnant women cannot get assistance delivering babies, and people cannot get access to routine immunizations ...

Out of Africa…again? Infection Control in the Age of Ebola

October 9, 2014 10:06 am | by Dr. Douglas H. McConnell, Medical Director, OBP Medical | News | Comments

Once again, the medical community is taking notice of a highly contagious pathogen arising in Africa and potentially threatening all of mankind. The Ebola virus has now caused a very real pandemic that is wiping out villages and rapidly crossing borders in African nations. Those nations’ public health and social resources are challenge by this dangerous, aggressive killer ...

Universal Screening For MRSA May Be Too Costly

October 8, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

Numerous experts and policy makers have called for hospitals to screen patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections and isolate anyone testing positive to prevent the spread of these so-called "Superbugs" in healthcare settings. Several states have enacted laws requiring patients be screened for MRSA upon admission ... 

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Ethicon study shows benefits of SURGICEL

October 7, 2014 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ethicon, Inc. announced results of a large, retrospective study that showed the use of the SURGICEL® Family of Topical Absorbable Hemostats was associated with lower costs, reduced product usage, shortened length of hospital stay, and reduced transfusions compared to the use of other adjunctive hemostats.

5 Ways To Contain Ebola In The U.S.

October 3, 2014 10:37 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP | News | Comments

Here are the top five things the Center for Disease Control is doing to help prevent the spread of the ebola virus. Texas health officials have confined four people to their home, under guard, after they had close contact with an Ebola patient in Dallas.

MRSA Biofilms In Joint Fluid Make Infections Tough To Tackle

October 2, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

Physicians have long speculated at the hard-to-treat nature of joint infection. In an article published in Journal of Infectious Diseases, Thomas Jefferson University scientists, in collaboration with scientists at the National Institutes of Health, come one step closer to understanding why these infections are so tough to tackle.

Medline Launches Stronger Bonded Wrap For Sterilization Process

September 4, 2014 11:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sterilization wrap has come a long way since it was first introduced more than 85 years ago to maintain sterility for surgical instruments and devices. Now Medline is introducing Gemini wrap, the next generation of sterilization wrap shown to have greater material strength than the competition to ensure the integrity of the sterilization process. 

2014 ESP Award Submission: mfPHD Custom Modular Medical Room Construction System

August 5, 2014 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

mfPHD’s custom prefabricated stainless steel modular wall construction system and automatic sliding doors are specifically designed for ORs, trauma and central sterile processing.

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Safety Program Reduces Heart Surgery Infections

July 28, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

The project's goal was to reduce the cardiac NSQIP SSI rate to two percent. The team succeeded in lowering the infection rate to a NSQIP average of 1.6 percent in the nine months after fully instituting the surgical best practices bundle.

Reused Syringes Lead To Clinic Suspension

July 28, 2014 11:53 am | News | Comments

West Virginia's state epidemiologist said an investigation found that the clinic reused syringes on more than one patient, surgical masks were not worn during epidural injections, and that the facility had other sanitation and hygiene issues.

Prevention Programs Lead To Drop in Post-Op Pneumonia

July 24, 2014 11:54 am | by Hadiza S. Kazaure, M.D., of the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Colleagues | News | Comments

A postoperative pneumonia prevention program for patients in the surgical ward at a California Veterans Affairs hospital lowered the case rate for the condition. Pneumonia is a common infection that accounts for about 15 percent of all hospital-acquired infections and as much as 3.4 percent of complications among surgical patients.

Protein's 'Hands' Enable Bacteria To Establish Infection

July 16, 2014 10:02 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

When it comes to infecting humans and animals, bacteria need a helping hand. Kansas State University biochemists have found the helping hand: groups of tiny protein loops on the surface of cells...              

Mini Hype-Wipes

July 14, 2014 3:06 pm | by Current Technologies, Inc. | Current Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mini Hype-Wipe bleach towelettes from Current Technologies, Inc. provides fast, portable disinfection of equipment and hard surfaces.

Clorox Healthcare’s Terminal Cleaning Tool Kit

July 14, 2014 10:19 am | by Clorox Healthcare | Clorox Professional Products Company | Product Releases | Comments

Due to confusion about when to perform terminal cleaning and why it is necessary, Clorox Healthcare has developed a Terminal Cleaning Tool Kit.

Hand Hygiene Improves 3X When Auditors Are Present

July 9, 2014 7:50 am | Articles | Comments

The study examined the Hawthorne effect, also known as observation bias (the tendency of people to change their behavior when they are aware of an observer) using an electronic monitoring hand hygiene system in real-time. Ultrasound "tags" on soap dispensers transmitted a signal to a nearby receiver each time the levers were pushed, and a time-stamped hand hygiene wash was recorded.

2014 ESP Award Submission:OR Environmental Hygiene Program

July 2, 2014 1:22 pm | by Ecolab Healthcare | Ecolab | Product Releases | Comments

Ecolab’s EnCompass Environmental Hygiene Program with CleanOp Surgical Room Turnover Kits provides healthcare facilities with a complete solution to improve cleaning efficiency and effectiveness, and increase patient safety.

Bringing The Bling To Antibacterials

July 2, 2014 10:12 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Bacteria love to colonize surfaces inside your body, but they have a hard time getting past your rugged, salty skin. Surgeries to implant medical devices often give such bacteria the opportunity needed to gain entry into the body cavity, allowing the implants themselves to act then as an ideal growing surface for biofilms...

Study: Low Hand Hygiene Compliance During Anesthesia Administration

July 1, 2014 9:01 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Anesthesia providers are missing opportunities to clean their hands during surgical procedures, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology...

Improved Tracking May Be Key To HAI Prevention

June 30, 2014 9:55 am | by Mikhaila Friske, Editorial Intern, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Achieving a low healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rate seems simple until challenges arise. No quick, one step solution exists for hospitals. Only multiple strategies working together reduce the risk of error and lower HAI rates...       

Revisions Needed To Safeguard IVs Against Bloodstream Infections

June 26, 2014 9:41 am | by American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) | News | Comments

Current guidelines to help prevent bloodstream infections during intravenous feeding may need revisions to strengthen protections for patients, a new study finds. Researchers at the United Kingdom's University of Southampton found that current guidelines do not account for other independent factors that can affect the growth of potentially deadly microorganisms...

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