After a 2011 outbreak of P. aeruginosa, investigators at Beaumont Health System near Detroit, Michigan determined contaminated ultrasound gel was the source of bacteria causing the healthcare-associated infection. The findings emphasize the need for increased scrutiny of contaminated medical products.
Nothing more accurately and succinctly defines the prevalent issue of sharps safety than the fact which states that there has been no decrease in the injury rate in surgical settings since the passage of the Needlestick Prevention Act of 2000.
CRE was first identified in the United States in 2001. Now CRE has been found in 4.6 percent of all hospitals and 18 percent of hospitals providing long-term acute care. Furthermore, only nine states have mandatory reporting laws for CRE.
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.
Zero Infections In High-Risk Cardiac Device Replacements Reported With Use Of TYRX Antibacterial EnvelopeJuly 1, 2013 10:29 am | News | Comments
Use of TYRX, Inc.’s AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope reduced major infection rates by 100 percent in patients undergoing Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) replacement procedures compared to case-matched retrospective control patients.
Medisafe America offers the Sonic Irrigator-PCF. The product is tested and validated for cleaning da Vinci EndoWrist instruments using the same critical cleaning parameters as Intuitive Surgical’s manual cleaning method.
Since last year, SSM St. Mary's Health Center in the St. Louis suburb of Richmond Heights, Mo., has been the test site for a system developed by Biovigil Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich. A flashing light on a badge turns green when hands are clean, red if they're not. It also tracks each hand-cleaning opportunity - the successes and the failures.
Accelerate Diagnostics CEO Lawrence Mehren discusses on "CBS This Morning: Saturday" the prevalence of hospital infections and new advances in combating illness. Mehren says hospital acquired infections are typically acquired by bacteria, and bacteria that are living in hospitals are living in a high threat environment, so they get stronger.
Bleach-Rite Spray is a one-step, intermediate level disinfectant containing 0.525 percent or 1:10 dilution of sodium hypochlorite from Current Technologies. EPA registered Bleach-Rite Spray is stabilized and the expiration date is stamped on every bottle.
Hospitals across England reduced the rate of serious bloodstream infections in intensive care units (ICUs) during a two-year program, research has shown. More than 200 ICUs in England participated in the National Patient Safety Agency's Matching Michigan program, which aimed to bring down infections linked to central venous catheters to the rate seen in a landmark program in the U.S. state of Michigan.
Medline introduces the IRiS (Intelligent Room Sterilization), an UVC (ultraviolet C) light disinfection system used to compliment healthcare facilities current cleaning procedures to ensure that all surfaces are free from pathogens.
Accelerate Diagnostics, a Tucson, Ariz., biotech firm, has come up with a way to more quickly diagnose these organisms for quicker treatment options. The firm developed a non-cultured testing for the rapid identification of drug-resistant organisms and hospital-acquired infections.
BioDrain's STREAMWAY System fully automates the collection, measurement, and disposal of surgical fluids resulting in improved OR safety and efficiency while reducing the environmental impact found with traditional canisters.
Kapp Surgical Instruments, Inc. offers the McCarthy Mini-Sternotomy Retractor with Universal Lift, a self-retaining retractor that provides excellent exposure for a variety of valve operations, Maze procedures, or other intra cardiac procedures.
Ecolab Healthcare announced the availability of Quik-Care Nourishing Foam, a new foam hand sanitizer with skin conditioners and emollients that moisturize and enhance the skin’s natural repair process with repeated use. This unique, clinically-proven formula sanitizes, absorbs fast, and keeps working over time to support healthier skin for healthcare professionals.
Despite the threat that staph bacteria pose to patients, there is no uniformly accepted procedure to reduce surgical-site infections in the United States. Now, a team of researchers led by the University of Iowa is recommending guidelines that will cut the infection rate by 71 percent for staph bacteria and 59 percent for a broader class of infectious agents known as gram-positive bacteria.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) New Pig’s PIG Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat is an absorbent mat with an adhesive bottom that stays put, no matter what. The mat absorbs and retains up to three liters of liquid to help keep O.R. floors clean and safe.
A new study recently released by Michigan State University indicated that only five percent of people wash their hands for the recommended amount of time. Furthermore, the average time of handwashing is only six seconds. To make matters worse, half of hand washers don't even use soap. This video offers some more sobering information about this significant problem.
While antibiotics can’t kill deadly “superbug” bacteria, a researcher at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi has developed an amazing new technology that can. Using new “cold plasma” technology, which he developed in the Plasma Engineering Research Lab (PERL) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Dr. Magesh Thiyagarajan is stopping these killer bacteria, before they find a host.
Federal health officials say they have found bacteria and fungus in drug vials from a Tennessee specialty pharmacy that recalled all of its injectable medicines last month. The FDA said that it identified the growths in two unopened vials of a steroid injection and is working with the CDC to identify the exact species of fungus and bacteria.
A new study by Michigan State University researchers found that only five percent of people who used the bathroom washed their hands long enough to kill the germs that can cause infections. What’s more, 33 percent didn’t use soap and 10 percent didn’t wash their hands at all.
Eastman’s Gopal Saraiya, global segment leader of medical devices at Eastman Chemical Company, took time to address a number of questions related to the use of materials in medical device development. He was included in the staff written article, “Materials Impact Medical Device Design Trends.” Following are all of the responses he provided.
Triatek’s latest FMS1655 controllers provide critical care facilities the ability to completely evacuate airborne contaminates and infections through a feature called the Clean Cycle. Patient room turnover has never been easier or more complete.This automated and programmable cycle engages for a predefined amount of time during which the exhaust valve is fully opened to allow for maximum evacuation of air.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Rapicide OPA/28 High-Level Disinfectant from Crosstex/SPS Medical is a fast-acting, long lasting, highly compatible high-level disinfectant ensuring a safe and healthy environment for patients and staff. This reusable ortho-phthalaldehyde disinfectant is designed for use on heat-sensitive, semi-critical medical devices that are unsuitable for sterilization.
Three out of 20 flexible gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes used for screening were found to harbor unacceptable levels of "bio dirt" – cells and matter from a patient's body that could pose potential infection risk -- according to a study of endoscopes used at five hospitals across the U.S.