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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.

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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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Designer T Cells Fight Viruses After Transplants

June 26, 2014 9:08 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Bone marrow transplants save thousands of lives but patients are vulnerable to severe viral infections in the months afterward, until their new immune system kicks in. Now scientists are developing protection for that risky period...    

Synoptics Health Appoints Ultra Clean As U.S. Distributor For Proreveal

June 24, 2014 9:05 am | by Synoptics Health | News | Comments

Scientific Digital Imaging’s Synoptics Health Division, a manufacturer of innovative digital imaging systems for healthcare applications, is pleased to announce the appointment of industry leading surgical instrument cleaning firm, Ultra Clean Systems, Inc as its North American distributor of the ultrasensitive ProReveal Protein Detection Test...

Audit Seeks Investigation Of Inmate Sterilizations

June 23, 2014 10:03 am | by Don Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's medical board and Department of Public Health have been asked to investigate 17 doctors and eight hospitals involved in the illegal sterilizations of female prison inmates, based on a critical state audit released Thursday...    

Q&A: Point Of Infection

June 19, 2014 2:16 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Surgical Products recently spoke with Linda Homan, RN, BSN, CIC, Senior Manager, Clinical and Professional Service, Ecolab Healthcare, to talk about the medical community's efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections...      

Groundbreaking Research Finds Human Sweat Can Reduce Bacteria Defenses

June 18, 2014 10:01 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

Sweaty hands can reduce the effectiveness of bacteria-fighting brass objects in hospitals and schools after just an hour of coming into contact with them, according to scientists at the University of Leicester...               

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Additional Measures

June 17, 2014 10:08 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Improved infection control, better clinical outcomes, and reduced readmission rates are little more than pipe dreams for those hospital facilities unwilling to invest in the tools and technology designed to help accomplish those goals. This fact became abundantly clear to a pair of Orange, Calif.-based healthcare facilities – St. Joseph Hospital and Hoag Orthopedic Institute...

C. Difficile Epidemic Should Concern People At Home, Not Just Hospital Patients

June 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Without proper infection prevention in hospitals, and now homes, the Clostridium difficile bacteria poses a major health threat, cautions a Case Western Reserve University infection control researcher...                     

Q&A: Winning The War Against SSIs

June 13, 2014 9:49 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Dr. Scott Ellner, Vice Chairman of Surgery and the Director of Surgical Quality at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, recently spoke to Surgical Products and gave his take on the healthcare industry’s fight against surgical-site infections...

2014 ESP Award Submission: ProReveal Fluorescence Protein Testing System For Surgical Instrumentation

June 12, 2014 8:52 am | by Ultra Clean Systems | Ultra Clean Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ProReveal, by Ultra Clean Systems, is a highly sensitive fluorescence-based protein detection test system for checking the presence of residual protein on surgical instruments.

2014 ESP Award Submission: TRU-D SmartUVC

June 11, 2014 10:43 am | by Tru-D SmartUVC | Tru-D SmartUVC | Product Releases | Comments

TRU-D SmartUVC is a portable UV disinfection system that precisely measures reflected UVC emissions to automatically calculate the pathogen-lethal UV dose required to sterilize patient rooms, dynamically compensating for room size, shape, and other dose-altering variables such as the position of contents, windows, blinds, and doors.

Albahealth EssentialCARE Anti-Embolism Stockings Size Offering Expansion

June 6, 2014 10:37 am | by Encompass Group, LLC | Encompass Group, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Encompass Group, LLC recently announced their Albahealth EssentialCARE Anti-Embolism Stockings size offering expansion.

GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Textured White Surgical Glove

June 5, 2014 10:37 am | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

Ansell's GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Textured White surgical glove is made from synthetic polyisoprene. The glove delivers all the performance characteristics of natural rubber latex without the risk of natural rubber latex sensitization.

Bloodstream Infections Reduced Through Better Central Line Care At Three Hospitals

June 5, 2014 10:27 am | by APIC | News | Comments

Whether through the use of alcohol-containing caps or basic cleaning of the injection port of the central line, infection preventionists at three hospitals are finding successful ways to stop germs from entering central line catheters and causing bloodstream infections in patients...

GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro Surgical Gloves

June 4, 2014 6:39 am | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro surgical gloves offer exceptional dexterity, tactical sensitivity, and at the same time, outstanding strength and barrier protection. The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro is ideal for delicate procedures without the risks associated with natural rubber latex sensitization.

GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

June 3, 2014 10:40 am | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

Ansell, the global leader in hand protection, features the GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive surgical glove with SENSOPRENE formulation. GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive is a major innovation in non-latex, chemical accelerator-free glove technology. The SENSOPRENE formulation allows for superior sensitivity while maintaining glove strength, offering unprecedented comfort and tactility with advanced allergy protection against both latex and chemical allergies for healthcare workers and patients.

Product Q&A: Ansell's Gammex Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

June 2, 2014 12:05 pm | by Ansell | Articles | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive surgical glove is a unique solution that offers a complete protection against latex and chemical allergies, and an advanced level of sensitivity and comfort thanks to the new SENSOPRENE formulation. It provides the superior strength, resistance, and grip consistent with all Ansell surgical gloves...

MRSA Rates Varied Dramatically Across Geographic Areas

June 2, 2014 11:26 am | by Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) | News | Comments

The rates of community-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CO-MRSA) varied dramatically among academic medical centers in California, New York, Illinois and North Carolina, suggesting there is not a uniform change in the "national epidemic" of the "superbug" that has generated extensive public health concern over the past decade, according to a new study...

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