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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.

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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...

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.

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...

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