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Surgical-Site Infections Associated With Excess Costs At Veterans Affairs Hospitals

May 22, 2014 9:39 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Surgical-site infections (SSIs) acquired by patients in Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals are associated with costs nearly twice as high compared to patients who do not have this complication. The greatest SSI-related costs are among patients undergoing neurosurgery...

Soil Bacteria May Provide Clues To Curbing Antibiotic Resistance

May 22, 2014 9:35 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Drug-resistant bacteria annually sicken 2 million Americans and kill at least 23,000. A driving force behind this growing public health threat is the ability of bacteria to share genes that provide antibiotic resistance. Bacteria that naturally live in the soil have a vast collection of genes to fight off antibiotics, but they are much less likely to share these genes, a new study has revealed...

Cleaning Brushes For Flexible Bone Reamers

May 16, 2014 10:36 am | by Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. is pleased to offer cleaning brushes for flexible bone reamers. The brushes are constructed of white medical-grade, anti-microbial bristles and 31” rigid stainless steel rods/shafts, in diameters of 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm. Spectrum’s bone reamer cleaning brushes are reusable and are packaged in units of three.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Aplicare Sterile Skin Antiseptic Povidone-Iodine Products

May 15, 2014 10:13 am | by Aplicare/Clorox Healthcare | Aplicare, Inc., Clorox Professional Products Company | Product Releases | Comments

Aplicare Sterile Skin Antiseptic povidone-iodine products are available in sponge sticks, swabsticks, prep pads, and packets.  They meet key guidelines and practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) to help improve patient safety.

Florida Hospital Workers Exposed To Deadly MERS Virus Await Test Results

May 14, 2014 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Employees at two Orlando hospitals who came in contact with a Saudi resident infected by the second confirmed U.S. case of a rare virus are being monitored for symptoms and have been told to stay home for two weeks, health officials said Tuesday...

2014 ESP Award Submission: Aplicare 2-in-1 CHG Skin Cleansing Kit

May 13, 2014 10:57 am | by Aplicare/Clorox Healthcare | Aplicare, Inc., Clorox Professional Products Company | Product Releases | Comments

The Aplicare 2-in-1 CHG Skin Cleansing Kit is an easy-to-use kit for reducing bacteria on the skin prior to surgery. Two single-use packs, attached via a perforated seal, contain the essentials for the two pre-procedural CHG showers recommended by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.

Hijacking Bacteria's Natural Defenses To Trap, Reveal Pathogens

May 12, 2014 11:01 am | by University of Nottingham | News | Comments

The breakthrough, published in the journal Nature Materials, could offer an easier way of detecting pathogenic bacteria outside of a clinical setting and could be particularly important for the developing world, where access to more sophisticated laboratory techniques is often limited...

Expert Guidance Strengthens Strategies To Prevent Most Common And Costly Infection

May 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America | News | Comments

Surgical-site infections (SSIs) are the most common and costly healthcare-associated infection (HAI) in the United States. New evidence-based recommendations provide a framework for healthcare institutions to prioritize and implement strategies to reduce the number of infections...

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Kleenex Clean Hands Care Patient Kit

May 7, 2014 9:08 am | by Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Health Care is now offering its Kleenex Clean Hands Care Patient Kit to hospitals and healthcare facility customers. The kit contains a bottle of Kleenex hand sanitizer, a Kleenex tissue pocket pack, and Kleenex wet wipes for the face and hands. The kit also includes a patient guide to hand hygiene and a door hanger to remind staff and visitors to wash and sanitize their hands when entering or exiting their room.

Scope Cleaning Brush

May 5, 2014 8:55 am | by Key Surgical | Key Surgical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Key Surgical, a leader in sterile processing, operating room, and instrument care supplies, offers a new Scope Cleaning Brush to its product line. This new brush is a welcome addition to an already wide variety of Key Surgical scope cleaning brushes and is the longest available at 240cm.

Weekly Emails To Hospital C-Suite Halt Two Decades Of Superbug Outbreak

April 29, 2014 9:17 am | News | Comments

Efforts to reduce and stop the spread of infections caused by a highly resistant organism, carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, at a large Florida hospital proved ineffective until they added another weapon – weekly emails from the medical director of Infection Control to hospital leadership...

Protective Covers

April 28, 2014 8:59 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark Industries offers a 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

April 28, 2014 8:13 am | by Ecolab | Ecolab | Product Releases | Comments

Ecolab offers 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.

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EvacMat Floor Suction Device

April 25, 2014 9:03 am | by Aspen Surgical | Aspen Surgical, a Hill-Rom Company | Product Releases | Comments

Great for fluid intense procedures, the EvacMat floor suction device from Aspen Surgical combines the functionality of absorption and suction to efficiently remove unlimited amounts of fluid from the operating room floor. 

There Are No Quick Fixes To Hospital-Acquired Infections

April 25, 2014 8:21 am | by Peter Pronovost, M.D., PhD | Blogs | Comments

Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued two reports that are simultaneously scary and encouraging. First, the scary news: A national survey conducted in 2011 found that one in every 25 U.S. hospital patients experienced a healthcare-associated infection...

Study Suggests Ways To Widen Access To Fecal Transplants For C. Diff Infections

April 24, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

Using frozen stool from healthy, unrelated donors was safe and effective in treating patients with serious, relapsing diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile, according to a new pilot study. The findings suggest approaches that may make this promising treatment more readily available to patients...

SSIs: A Problem With No Quick Fix

April 22, 2014 11:04 am | by Beth Young, BSN, RN, CIC, Infection Preventionist, GOJO Industries, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

As we wait for randomized, controlled clinical trials of new interventions and products, it’s imperative that we implement all the components of evidence-based bundles that have been proven to prevent surgical-site infections...   

Nitrile Examination Gloves

April 18, 2014 7:35 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.

New MRSA Superbug Emerges In Brazil

April 18, 2014 6:57 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | News | Comments

The new superbug is part of a class of highly-resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, which is a major cause of hospital and community-associated infections. The superbug has also acquired high levels of resistance to vancomycin, the most common and least expensive antibiotic used to treat severe MRSA infections worldwide...

Confidently Control Infectious Fluid Waste

April 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Candace L. Samudio, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR | Blogs | Comments

Hospital acquired infections are a constant concern. They harm both the patient and/or the staff member who was exposed. They also have a very negative financial impact on the hospital. How often are we asked if we are doing everything we can to protect our patients, and ourselves as healthcare workers, from the hazards of a hospital acquired infection?

Outcome Of Stroke Worse For People With Infection

April 15, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

Infection is bad news for all of us - but it can be really serious to people who have had a stroke. Evidence is mounting that infection makes things much worse after a stroke. A team of scientists at the University of Manchester has now found a key to why and how infection is such a bad thing for stroke sufferers...

BactiQuik

April 12, 2014 11:40 pm | 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.

Disinfection Technology For Mobile Devices

April 11, 2014 10:58 am | by Daylight Medical | Product Releases | Comments

Daylight Medical is pleased to announce its rollout of SKY 6Xi, a disinfection technology for mobile devices. SKY 6Xi uses high intensity (254 nanometer wavelength) ultraviolet light in the “C” spectrum (UVC) at close proximity to thoroughly disinfect a mobile device.

New Campaign Brings Awareness To Role Of HCW Attire In Pathogen Transmission

April 9, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

To draw attention to the role healthcare worker attire can play in transmitting pathogens, Vestagen Technical Textiles, Inc. today launched a “Keep the Coat” awareness campaign. The effort intends to bring understanding that, with new technological advancements, what care providers wear can actually become a line of defense for them, their patients, and their families.

Promising Agents Burst Through 'Superbug' Defenses To Fight Antibiotic Resistance

April 9, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

In the fight against "superbugs," scientists have discovered a class of agents that can make some of the most notorious strains vulnerable to the same antibiotics that they once handily shrugged off. The report on the promising agents called metallopolymers appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society...

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