Health officials in Massachusetts said five patients in the state may have also been exposed to the fatal brain infection Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease because a specialized instrument used on the New Hampshire patient had been rented and reused at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.
Health officials in New Hampshire said eight neurosurgery patients at one hospital in the state may have been unwittingly exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Surgical instruments used on a patient later given a tentative diagnosis of sporadic CJD were subsequently used in at least eight other patients after ordinary sterilization, which is not adequate to reliably eliminate the prion proteins responsible for CJD.
The EssentiATM towel, manufactured by Precision Fabrics Group (PFG) in Greensboro, NC, is made from an innovative nonwoven fabric that does not generate the amount of lint or the loose fibers associated with cotton fabric. It does, meanwhile, have absorbency and drapability characteristics that are equal or superior to those of cotton.
Steris now offers the PATHOGON UV Disinfection System, an automated, mobile system using germicidal ultraviolet light to reduce or kill pathogens on environmental surfaces. Germicidal UVC light has a proven history of reliable biocidal activity against a wide range of healthcare-associated pathogens. The PATHOGON system is designed for use as part of a complete cleaning and disinfection program, and has been shown to kill organisms such as Clostridium difficile, MRSA, VRE, Acinetobacter baumannii, Klebsiella pneumoniae and others.
Americans could save billions of dollars in health care costs each year if hospitals did a better job of curbing preventable infections, according to a new study. Research released today by JAMA Internal Medicine found that infections acquired during the course of medical treatment cost $9.8 billion annually. Researchers reviewed published data from 1998 through April 2013 and adjusted the costs for inflation in 2012 dollars.
The CDC has reported that one out of every 20 patients will contract an infection while in the hospital. At the Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colo., they are using a portable, room-disinfecting robot to pulse germicidal ultraviolet light to protect patients from potential infections. CBS Denver's health specialist Kathy Walsh reports.
Medisafe America offers the Sonic Irrigator, PCF-designed and validated for the daVinci Endowrist instrument. The built in class II-Thermal low-level disinfection feature combines cleaning and disinfection steps into one process complete with; enzymatic detergent wash, lumen flushing with simultaneous ultrasonic cleaning cycle, finalized with a thermal rinse.
Tampa Bay guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes are being treated for MRSA infections. Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik confirmed Thursday that Nicks has an infected blister on the side of his left foot and Tynes has an infected toe on his right foot. The cases were diagnosed last week while the Bucs were in New England holding joint practices with the Patriots before a preseason game.
New PurMist from Integrity Supply is the only full body sanitizer that uses natural essential oils, offers glove-like protection for the hands and is an eco-friendly product. PurMist moisturizes skin/hands and offers four hours of continual protection after each application.
A recently completed AHRQ-funded study explores the use of a proactive risk assessment to identify hazards that can lead to surgical site infections (SSIs) in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting. The report describes the use of a tool to estimate the risk of SSIs in the ambulatory surgery environment, examines single point failures as well as combinations of events that lead to the outcome of interest.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) PHASIX Mesh from Davol is a fully resorbable soft tissue reconstruction implant and a potential alternative to biologics and to long-term permanent mesh. Providing a durable repair without permanent foreign material, it is intended to handle similarly to polypropylene mesh.
The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has awarded the AORN Seal of Recognition to the PerfectCLEAN Operating Room program, developed by UMF Corporation, a leading manufacturer and innovator of infection prevention products.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Draco Deep-Cleaning Hand Pads utilize a unique combination of materials that detach, capture and remove biofilms and other forms of adhered contamination. A recent study performed at the Montana University Center for Biofilm Engineering shows that the mechanics of scrubbing and the formation of the substrates have a far greater effect on cleaning outcomes than the various chemistries of enzymatic detergents.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) About 80 percent fluid management cost is for canisters. The compact, wall-mounted Environ-mate DM6000 Series from MD Technologies has eliminated costs of both canisters and waste disposal, offering tremendous savings to hundreds of facilities. Environ-mate units silently dispose of fluid from suction field directly to sewer, isolating staff from exposure.
PDI offers the Sani-Cloth AF3 Portable Pak. Sani-Cloth AF3 Germicidal Disposable Wipe, an alcohol and fragrance free quaternary-based disinfectant, is now available in the new Portable Pak, an innovation in packaging designed to keep disinfection of mobile equipment top-of-mind and make disinfection on-the-go easier than ever.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Ultra Clean Systems offers its latest high-capacity ultrasonic cleaning system, the XL48. The innovative XL48 comes equipped with cutting-edge TRT (Titanium Rod Technology), significantly decreasing cycle times to less than a third of standard wash cycles. The XL48 cleans 48 cannulated or 32 robotic instruments in 13 minutes.
A moderate increase in vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) at one hospital can lead to a nearly 3 percent increase in VRE in every other hospital in that county, according to a study. VRE is one of the most common bacteria that cause infections in healthcare facilities.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Ecolab Healthcare’s Adhesion Probe Cover provides a sterile protective cover for ultrasound probe transducers for a variety of applications including diagnostic, endocavity, and intraoperative imaging. Featuring an adhesive tip that securely fastens the cover to the transducer head, Adhesion Probe Covers protect the ultrasound probe during imaging for sterile procedures without affecting the image quality.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) BioDrain Medical’s flagship product, the STREAMWAY System, is a revolutionary canister-free device that disposes of surgical waste fluid with virtually no handling. The fully automated, direct-to-drain system collects, measures, and disposes of surgical fluids; greatly reducing the exposure risk to healthcare workers.
A third instance of rabies transmission following organ transplantation has occurred, with a patient dying 18 months after receiving a kidney from a deceased donor who was not known to be infected with the rabies virus, researchers reported.
Severe damage to the large vessels from multiple trauma or accidental complications in surgery can cause exsanguinating hemorrhage, especially in the thin-walled vena cava. In development is a nano-adhesive plaster that can easily be applied to lacerated vessel walls with no adhesive or suturing.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Thermedx Fluid Management System (FMS) offers a complete, single endoscopic solution for achieving industry recommended best practices with distention, volume measurement, and warming capabilities for Gynecology, Urology, and Orthopedic services. This state-of-the-art technology facilitates efficiency, patient safety, and product standardization initiatives with a micro-processor controlled pump, touch screen user interface, and robust infrared heating.
Triatek's latest FMS1655 controllers, featuring Safety Halo edge lighting and new “Action Icons,” provide critical care facilities the unique ability to completely evacuate airborne contaminates and infections through an innovative feature called the “Clean Cycle." This automated and programmable cycle provides facilities the ability to engage the “Clean Cycle” for a predefined amount of time at which point the exhaust valve is fully opened to allow for maximum evacuation of air.
Bio-Hazard wipes/liners from Current Technologies have a white absorbent side and an orange plastic backing that prevents leak through of blood and solvents. Bio-Hazard liners keep aspiration carts clean by limiting seepage of blood; Biohazard Wipes can be used when preparing stains/smears and microscope cleaning.
New York State hospitals will be required to report cases of antibiotic resistant bacteria called CRE. The CDC reports cases have been found in 43 states. Dr. Jon LaPook reports on the efforts being made to control the spread of the superbug that can infect the weakest patients.