Experience the Power of Clean with Sterilizer Chamber Cleaning Service from Spectrum Surgical Instruments / STERIS Specialty Services. AORN recommends regular chamber cleaning in its equipment maintenance supplement to ensure your sterilizer continues to perform to your expectations.
Ansell launched the GAMMEX Non-Latex Antimicrobial surgical glove, a new to the world medical device, in the Canadian market. This glove combines allergy and antimicrobial protection for healthcare workers in Canada, especially in the case of intraoperative glove breaches.
TYRX’s AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope is a polypropylene mesh pouch/sleeve specifically designed to aid in the stabilization of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs), such as pacemakers or defibrillators (ICDs), as well as to help prevent surgical site infections associated with CIEDs.
The Microsoft Kinect game controller could cut U.S. healthcare costs by up to $30 billion by allowing providers to interact with patients remotely, reducing the number of hospital visits and the associated risk of infection.
PDI, owner of Sani-Hands Instant Hand Sanitizing wipes, announces the launch of new educational packaging to help aid in hand hygiene for patients and education at the bedside. Four educational “when to use” icons have been added to the Sani-Hands Bedside Pack to help healthcare staff communicate critical opportunities for patients to practice hand hygiene.
MecWash Systems introduces the Duo 400 – a compact, fully automatic and self-contained aqueous cleaning system that meets the highest “visually clean and dry” cleanliness and inspection standards. This highly versatile single chamber rotational cleaning system features immersion/spray wash, spray rinse, and hot air dry.
Healthmark Industries offers a complete line of count sheet holders. They are designed to hold instrument count sheets on the outside of wrapped trays and closed containers.
A new strain of MRSA has emerged that can spread beyond hospital walls, putting everyone at risk. This particular strain of MRSA – known as USA300 – contains a chunk of genes not shared by any other strains, though it is unclear how this unique genetic material enables the bacteria to survive and persist in the community. Now, research has pinpointed a gene that causes the infection to linger on the skin longer than other strains, allowing it to be passed more readily from one person to the next.
Tiburon Surgical Drapes are designed to provide maximum clinician and patient safety with classification as a Level 4 device under the AAMI guidelines for barrier performance, strike-through barrier technology for impervious strength, and an absorbent top layer to help control fluid.
More than 2,000 physicians, nurses and other medical and clinical technicians from around the country are anticipated to be trained in 50 events this year in specialized wound care treatment and disease management.
A second western New York hospital is notifying patients that they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C through the improper sharing of insulin pens. Olean General Hospital was mailing letters to 1,915 patients, advising them to call to arrange for blood testing. The risk of infection is very low, hospital officials said, but they wanted patients to be aware of the possibility.
Four months after the dramatic surgery, a young woman can pick up small objects. Nine months post-op she is flexing her wrists and fingers, sensing hot and cold, but the use of steriods to help prevent rejection has resulted in a 40-lb. weight gain.
A lawyer in Germany claims surgeons left up to 16 objects in her client's body after an operation for prostate cancer. She is seeking over $100,000, plus costs for the family of the patient, who has since died. According to Loyola University in Chicago, some 1,500 patients in the United States have surgical objects accidentally left inside them after surgery each year.
Patients recovering from surgery get infections far more often than is being reported, a new study led by De Montfort University has found. Infection prevention specialists are now calling on the Department of Health to bring in a clear and standardised system for hospitals to try to identify the true scale of surgical infections.
The research, described in a report published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, found that patients who experience a surgical-site infection after their abdominal surgery are four times more likely than infection-free patients to develop a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the legs, or its more deadly cousin, a pulmonary embolism (PE) in the lungs.
Patients can refuse a flu shot. Should doctors and nurses have that right, too? That is the thorny question surfacing as U.S. hospitals increasingly crack down on employees who won't get flu shots, with some workers losing their jobs over their refusal.
Surgeons routinely need to review medical images and records during surgery, but stepping away from the operating table and touching a keyboard and mouse can delay the procedure and increase the risk of spreading infection.
New Pig Corporation introduces the Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat with an adhesive bottom. It absorbs and retains up to three liters of liquid to help keep the OR floor clean and safe.
Researchers reporting in two separate papers used stem cell technology to successfully regenerate patients' immune cells, creating large numbers that were long-lived and could recognize their specified targets: HIV-infected cells in one case and cancer cells in the other. The findings could help in the development of strategies to rejuvenate patients' exhausted immune responses.
L&R Manufacturing Co. offers the Effica E1 Ultrasonic cleaning system. According to the company, it has a molded design that offers quiet operation. The design allows for greater ultrasonic energy flow and the draining system offers 65 percent faster draining than the previous model.
TYRX’s AIGISRx® Antibacterial Envelope is a polypropylene mesh pouch/sleeve specifically designed to aid in the stabilization of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs), such as pacemakers or defibrillators (ICDs), as well as to help prevent surgical site infections associated with CIEDs.
Infection control experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital have found that a combination of robot-like devices that disperse a bleaching agent into the air and then detoxify the disinfecting chemical are highly effective at killing and preventing the spread of multiple-drug-resistant bacteria, or so-called hospital superbugs.
Current Technologies offers the Mini Hype-Wipe bleach towelettes. They have rapid kill times, including a one- minute kill time for TB, Strep, Salmonella, Pseudomonas, Norovirus, RSV, H1N1, ESBL, CRKP, Rotavirus, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and a two-minute kill time for MRSA, VRE, and Staph.
STERIS offers Prolystica 2X concentrated instrument cleaning formulations, which are proven solutions for manual cleaning and for automated washing systems. Prolystica 2X products are flexible, fast-acting formulations for all cleaning needs.
A two-year old male beagle (called Cliff) was trained to identify C. difficile in stool samples and in patients with C. difficile infection. He was taught to indicate the presence of the specific scent by sitting or lying down. The dog's detection abilities were formally tested, and he correctly identified all 50 positive samples and 47 out of 50 negative samples.