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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...

2014 ESP Award Submission: Medisafe Niagara SI PCF Washer Disinfector

May 30, 2014 9:08 am | by Medisafe America | Medisafe America | Product Releases | Comments

The Medisafe Niagara SI PCF Washer Disinfector is the first da Vinci-validated WD with an ultrasonic irrigation cleaning chamber and air purge drying. According to the company, it can reprocess 144 instruments in 29 minutes or 20 EndoWrists.

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Study: Ultraviolet Cleaning Reduces Hospital Superbugs By 20 Percent

May 28, 2014 9:57 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Healthcare-associated vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (CD), and other multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) were decreased among patients after adding ultraviolet environmental disinfection (UVD) to the cleaning regimen, according to a recent study... 

ProReveal Fluorescence Protein Testing System For Surgical Instrumentation

May 27, 2014 10:40 am | by Ultra Clean Systems | Ultra Clean Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra Clean Systems, a leader in the manufacturing and sales of surgical instrument cleaning systems, has been awarded the North American distribution rights for the ProReveal Fluorescence Protein Testing System by Synoptics Health, a UK founded corporation.

U.S. Approves New Antibiotic For Hospital Skin Infections

May 27, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antibiotic from Durata Therapeutics to treat adults with common skin infections often acquired in U.S. hospitals. Regulators approved the intravenous drug Dalvance to treat bacterial skin infections caused by common bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant strains of those germs...

Antibiotic Crisis Needs United Global Response, Experts Say

May 23, 2014 9:15 am | by University of Edinburgh | News | Comments

Growing resistance to antibiotics and other drugs demands a coordinated global response on the same scale as efforts to address climate change, experts say. Without an international commitment to tackle the issue, the world faces a future in which simple infections that have been treatable for decades become deadly diseases, they warn...

2014 ESP Award Submission: Effica E1 Ultrasonic Cleaning System from L&R Ultrasonics

May 22, 2014 10:09 am | by L&R Ultrasonics | L&R Ultrasonics | Product Releases | Comments

The Effica E1 Ultrasonic Cleaning System from L&R Ultrasonics boasts a sleek modern appearance and provides quiet and superior cleaning with each cycle. Its enlarged drain line empties the tank 65 percent faster. The included custom basket ensures enhanced energy flow, resulting in superior cleaning results.

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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.

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...

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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...

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.

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...   

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