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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...

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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...

Olympian Ian Thorpe Battling Serious Infections Related To Shoulder Surgery

April 9, 2014 9:39 am | News | Comments

The agent for five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe says the 31-year-old will never swim again after contracting two potentially-deadly infections while undergoing shoulder surgery. James Erskine said on Tuesday that Thorpe was "quite sick" in the intensive care ward of a Sydney hospital but dismissed media reports the swimmer might lose the use of his left arm...

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Comprehensive Fluid Management Solution

April 8, 2014 10:31 am | by BASS Medical | BASS Medical, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The BASS Medical comprehensive fluid management solution keeps the operating room floor dry during high fluid volume procedures such as shoulder and knee arthroscopy. The mat’s patented anti-splash and containment design keeps fluid from ever hitting the floor. It collects, contains, and rapidly evacuates contaminated fluid using standard wall suction.

Expert Guidance Highlights Practices To Reduce Prevalence Of Catheter-Associated UTIs

April 8, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

New expert guidance highlights strategies for implementing and prioritizing efforts to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospitals. The practice recommendations, are the first in a series to be published over several months sharing evidence-based strategies to help healthcare professionals effectively control and prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections...

Like Hand-Washing, Blood Transfusions Linked To Infections

April 2, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

"Many people are beginning to accept that we can make a difference – despite being taught in medical school that blood transfusions 'might help and can't hurt,' " Neil Blumberg, M.D., professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry said. "What we've found is actually the opposite, that it can hurt and it rarely helps..."

GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro Surgical Gloves

March 28, 2014 10:54 am | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

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

CDC Report: Hospital Infections Are Down

March 27, 2014 9:19 am | News | Comments

A new report suggests hospital infections are not as common as previously thought — but still 1 in 25 patients are infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the estimates Wednesday. It's considered the best data yet on infections patients pick up in the hospital...

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Non-Latex PI White Surgical Glove

March 26, 2014 11:20 am | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI White surgical glove from Ansell is powder-free and made from synthetic polyisoprene. Wearers experience exceptional fit that also provides tactile sensitivity and dependability. This glove delivers all the performance characteristics of natural rubber latex without the risk of natural rubber latex sensitization.

The BASS FIN

March 26, 2014 11:00 am | by BASS Medical | BASS Medical, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The BASS Medical comprehensive fluid management solution keeps the operating room floor dry during high fluid volume procedures such as shoulder and knee arthroscopy. The BASS FIN is a smaller version of the BASS without suction. The “FIN” can be taped to the BASS to form an L-Shape that keeps fluid off the floor during lateral and beach chair position shoulder arthroscopies.

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

March 25, 2014 9:50 am | 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...

GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

March 24, 2014 11:06 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.

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Among U.S. Children On The Rise

March 20, 2014 9:06 am | News | Comments

Infections caused by a specific type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise in U.S. children, according to new study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. While still rare, the bacteria are increasingly found in children of all ages, especially those 1-5 years old, raising concerns about dwindling treatment options...

EvacMat Floor Suction Device

March 18, 2014 9:29 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.

Scientists Build 'Molecular Drill Bits' To Fight Superbugs

March 18, 2014 9:17 am | News | Comments

In response to drug-resistant "superbugs" that send millions of people to hospitals around the world, scientists are building tiny, "molecular drill bits" that kill bacteria by bursting through their protective cell walls. They presented some of the latest developments on these drill bits, better known to scientists as antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS)...

ScopeValet PULL THRU

March 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Ruhof | Ruhof Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The ScopeValet PULL THRU from Ruhof is a revolutionary single use endoscope lumen-cleaning device, which can be effectively used to pre clean endoscope channels from 2.8mm to 5mm in a single pass. The unique patented five-wiper design of the Scope ValetPULL THRU provides a complete circumferential seal in the endoscope channel, thereby removing almost all residue in a single pass with its Five cleaning actions.

Preserving Antibiotics For Future Generations

March 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Neil Fishman, MD and Kenneth Sands, MD, MPH | Blogs | Comments

Despite all the benefits of antibiotics their overuse has, in less than 100 years, led us to a point where we need to be seriously concerned about the efficacy of antibiotics in the future. Antibiotic resistance is considered one of the most critical public health and patient safety threats facing us today...

NY Hospital Alerts Patients Of Possible Blood Contamination From Insulin Pen

March 13, 2014 9:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A New York hospital is going to great lengths to contact its patients and recommend they seek immediate testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. South Nassau Communities Hospital is sending out 4,247 letters to patients to notify them of potential risk of a serious infection from an insulin pen...

Poultry Meat Delivered To Hospital Kitchens A Source Of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

March 10, 2014 9:15 am | News | Comments

A new study found more than 80 percent of raw chicken used in hospitals in food for patients and staff was contaminated with a form of antibiotic resistant bacteria called extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing E. coli. While sufficient preparation eliminated the presence of bacteria, poultry meat delivered to hospital kitchens remains a potential point of entry for these dangerous bacteria into the hospital...

Emerging Multi-Drug Resistant Infections Lack Standard Definition And Treatment

March 10, 2014 9:04 am | News | Comments

Infection control practices for detecting and treating patients infected with emerging multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB) vary significantly between hospitals. A study found this inconsistency could be contributing to the increase in multidrug-resistant bacteria...

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