As new Medicare rules kick in, some 2,200 hospitals nationwide are facing financial penalties for high 30-day readmission rates for myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure and pneumonia. Medicare payments will be lowered by as much as 1 percent.
Safety-Med Products, Inc. has announced that the Prefense hand sanitizer is now available in a...
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Quick-Drain Waste Management Systems from Bemis Health Care provide safe and cost-effective disposal of liquid infectious waste. It will drain waste from canisters used in all areas of a facility as well as the OR. Fluid goes into the sanitary sewer at a rate of 500cc per second, saving staff time.
"We have now established what decides whether (bacteria) swim or not - and that determines whether they form biofilms or not," explains Mikkel Girke Jørgensen and continues: "Prospects for the pharmaceutical industry are huge. This increased understanding of biofilm formation may be the first step in creating new ways to treat complicated infections in the future. "
Tiburon Surgical Drapes are designed to provide maximum clinician and patient safety with classification as a Level 4 device under the AAMI guidelines for barrier performance, strike-through barrier technology for impervious strength, and an absorbent top layer to help control fluid.
A recent study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (William A. Rutala, Ph.D., MPH, et al., 2013) confirms the ability of a new UV-C-reflective wall coating to dramatically reduce the time necessary to decontaminate a room using the UV-C-emitting device TRU-D SmartUVC.
Use Of TYRX Antibacterial Envelope Associated With Extremely Low 90-Day Cardiac Device Infection RatesMay 13, 2013 2:54 pm | News | Comments
Use of TYRX, Inc.’s AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope reduced major infection rates by more than 90 percent in patients undergoing Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) replacement procedures compared to similar high-risk cohorts, according to a recent clinical study.
Steris has unveiled the VaproQuip Decontamination Room. Biological contamination can be present almost anywhere in a hospital. Aggressive pathogens on environmental surfaces, such as high-touch, difficult-to-clean surfaces of mobile equipment and furniture, can remain viable for extended periods of time.
A biosensor can detect antibiotic resistance in bacteria. This new technology is a preliminary step in identifying and fighting superbugs, a major public health concern that has led to more deaths than AIDS in the United States in recent years.
Cardinal Health announced that DuraBlue Sterilization Wrap received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for STERRAD NX and STERRAD 100NX Systems from Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP). The wrap also received FDA clearance for 180-day extended sterility maintenance indications for each 510(k)-cleared sterilization modality.
Surgical Products recently spoke with Chuck Dunn, president of Lumalier, about some non-traditional and next-generation methods of infection control being practiced in hospitals today. Lumalier makes Tru-D SmartUVC, a portable UV disinfection system.
We need to adapt and educate ourselves on how to combat, interrupt, and destroy healthcare-associated infections. HAIs are running rampant within the healthcare system. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are over 1.2 million infections a year with 100,000 deaths occurring.
New PurMist from Integrity Supply is the only full body sanitizer that uses natural essential oils, offers glove-like protection for the hands and is an eco-friendly product. PurMist moisturizes skin/hands and offers four hours of continual protection after each application.
New CDC Study Confirms Effectiveness Of UV-C Disinfection In Reducing Harmful Pathogens For HospitalsApril 22, 2013 12:56 pm | News | Comments
A recent study funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epicenters Program supports and expands on previously published studies confirming the effectiveness of an automated UV-C-emitting device to combat the pathogens Clostridium difficile (C. diff.), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and Acinetobacter spp.
Despite the desperate need for new antibiotics to combat increasingly deadly resistant bacteria, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved only one new systemic antibiotic since the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) launched its 10 x '20 Initiative in 2010 — and that drug was approved two and a half years ago.
A new study concludes that problems with antibiotic resistance faced by outpatients may be as bad as those in hospitalized patients, and that more studies of outpatients are needed – both to protect their health and to avoid inappropriate or unnecessary drug use.
The chance of infection in some hospital wards varies dramatically according to whether the nurses leave the windows open. A University of Leeds-led team studied airflow in a "Nightingale" ward—a classic hospital ward design that traditionally accommodates two rows of up to 30 beds—by using tracer gases to simulate how airborne infections spread.
Aplicare from Clorox Healthcare provides sterile preoperative skin preparation antiseptics. For product safety and patient care, these sterile skin antiseptics are designed to enhance an infection prevention program. The Aplicare sterile skin antiseptics are sterilized after the product has been placed in the packaging.
Lancaster General Hospital’s newest weapon against hospital-acquired infections looks a little like R2-D2 from Star Wars. The new room disinfecting systemuses ultraviolet (UV-C) light that is 25,000 times more powerful than the sun to ‘zap’ nasty organismsthat cause infections like the flu, norovirus, and MRSA.
Bleach-Rite Spray is a one-step, intermediate level disinfectant containing 0.525% or 1:10 dilution of sodium hypochlorite from Current Technologies. EPA registered Bleach-Rite Spray is stabilized and the expiration date is stamped on every bottle.
Using inventory lists and electronic medical records, researchers projected the annual cost of discarded supplies because of potentially contaminated packages from patient isolation rooms from the six units included in the study to be $387,055.
Placement of copper objects in intensive care unit (ICU) hospital rooms reduced the number of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) in patients by more than half, according to a new study. The proportion of patients who developed HAI and/or colonization with MRSA or VRE was significantly lower among patients in rooms with copper surfaces.
AirClean Systems VP50 Endocavity Ultrasound Probe Workstations allow effective and efficient disinfection of transvaginal ultrasound probes while protecting the technician from potentially harmful exposure to high level disinfectant vapors.
How clean is too clean? Dr. Keri Peterson talks about the ant-bacterial and anti-microbial products we use that could be blocking the germs are body actually needs.
Use of a vaccine to prevent Staphylococcus aureus infections among patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery did not reduce the rate of serious postoperative S aureus infections compared with placebo and was associated with increased mortality among patients who developed S aureus infections, according to a study.
Kimberly-Clark announced the launch of Kimguard Smart-Fold Sterilization Wrap, an innovative sterilization packaging designed to provide the durability necessary for the most demanding applications.
UltraViolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI) V-360° UV Room Sanitizer is designed to offer proven technology to inactivate pathogens and combat the spread of HAIs. Utilizing ultraviolet germicidal irradiation technology, UVDI’s V-360° UV Room Sanitizer generates high intensity UV energy and quickly disinfects surfaces contaminated with viruses, bacteria, and fungi.