Patient satisfaction has an increasing impact on hospitals' bottom lines, factoring into Medicare reimbursement of hospital care. A new study finds patients placed in Contact Precautions (Contact Isolation) were twice as likely to report perceived problems with care compared to patients without Contact Precautions, placing the common infection control practice at odds with hospital interests...
Ecolab introduces OxyCide Daily Disinfectant Cleaner, a non-bleach sporicide developed for daily use in healthcare settings. OxyCide is proven effective in killing a broad spectrum of harmful bacteria and viruses, including Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) spores in three minutes and multi-drug resistant organisms and viruses in five minutes or less, helping hospitals to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
blue sky scrubs offers Disposable Scrub Hats. Both the company's Disposable Pony Hats and Disposable Pixie Hats are made from ultra-modern, non-woven polypropylene, making them five times more durable than the conventional disposable bouffant hat. These hats are also designed with fit and function in mind.
Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectants are U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered to kill microorganisms on hard and soft surfaces. Healthcare facilities trust Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectants to disinfect hard surfaces quickly, and now they also kill bacteria on soft surfaces in 30 seconds.
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes three hospital facilities - two in Allentown and one in Bethlehem, Pa. Terry Burger, RN, the Director of Infection Control and Prevention for Lehigh Valley Health Network and an employee at the institution for the past 35 years, recently spoke about the network’s investment, implementation, and use of portable ultraviolet disinfection systems.
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—after using the bathroom, before eating and drinking, after contact with others, and after coughing and sneezing.
Dr. Hudson Garrett is currently employed as the Senior Director, Clinical Affairs for PDI. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry, a dual Masters in Nursing and Public Health, and a PhD In Healthcare Administration. In this interview he discusses methods of OR sterilization, their limiations, and how hospitals can get better results.
Managing hospital waste is a complex but important process. Through the use of disposal products, protective equipment, prudent practices, and the implementation of fluid management systems, hospitals and other medical facilities are able to dispose of hospital waste in a way that minimizes the spread of infection. In general, the practices and safeguards are working. But there are still areas where hospitals can improve.
JNJ Industries’ SmartHolder was designed specifically for JNJ's SuperSaturated SmartWipes canisters, to keep them readily available and easily accessible. The SmartHolder is made from rugged spring steel wire that expands easily for loading and unloading the canister. The white powder coat finish provides a clean and professional look that is suitable for all professional environments.
Clorox Professional Products Company has announced the introduction of Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes and Spray, a new line of ready-to-use, one-step cleaner disinfectants engineered with a patented activated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) formula. These activated hydrogen peroxide products are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill 32 bacteria and viruses in 30-seconds to one minute, the fastest non-bleach contact time available.
Medicus Health offers Surgery Anti-Fatigue Mats. These autoclavable and antimicrobial mats help reduce the leg and feet pain associated with standing during long cases for extended lengths of time.
Aplicare from Clorox Healthcare provides sterile preoperative skin preparation antiseptics. For product safety and patient care, these sterile skin antiseptics are designed to enhance an infection prevention program. The Aplicare sterile skin antiseptics are sterilized after the product has been placed in the packaging, offering a distinct difference from products with non-sterile formulas.
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.