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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)...

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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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Obama Proposes New Fight Against Superbugs

March 6, 2014 7:29 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking $30 million to open specialized laboratories in five parts of the country to help local hospitals more quickly diagnose and combat drug-resistant infections, said CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden...

Study Reveals Hospital Pillows May Be A Potential Source For HAIs

March 5, 2014 7:42 am | News | Comments

New clinical research presented at the American Medical Directors Association annual conference found that even when patient rooms and linens are cleaned using strictly enforced protocols, a significant portion of hospital pillows remain contaminated with HAI-causing pathogens...

Ritter M9 UltraClave

March 5, 2014 7:12 am | by Midmark | Midmark Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The reliable Ritter M9 UltraClave from Midmark features an intuitive display and prompts to help users easily select appropriate cycles for unwrapped items, pouches, packs, or handpieces. When sterilization is complete, the patented automatic-opening door quietly opens to dissipate steam, providing fast and efficient instrument drying.

Comprehensive Fluid Management Solution

March 4, 2014 9:26 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.

HYPE-WIPE And MINI HYPE-WIPE Bleach Towelettes

March 3, 2014 10:33 am | by Current Technologies | Current Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

EPA-registered HYPE-WIPE and MINI HYPE-WIPE bleach towelettes from Current Technologies are one-step disinfectant wipes for most centrifuges and glucometers. The individually wrapped towelettes are saturated with the CDC/OSHA/NCCLS recommended 1:10 dilution of sodium hypochlorite and stabilized for an extended shelf life.  These economical towelettes also contain detergent so that they clean and disinfect in one step.

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Battling The 'Bad Actor' Known As C. Diff.

February 28, 2014 9:47 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Every hospital facility has a “bad actor,” says Dr. Mitch Rubinstein. For The Valley Hospital that bad actor – a microorganism that causes trouble within a specific hospital facility – is Clostridium difficile...                

Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV System

February 27, 2014 10:52 am | by Clorox Healthcare | Clorox Professional Products Company | Product Releases | Comments

Clorox Healthcare is now partnering with Ultraviolet Devices, Inc. (UVDI) to introduce the Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV System. For the first time ever, the two companies are teaming up to combine the power of manual surface disinfection with advanced ultraviolet (UV) technology to deliver an even more comprehensive surface disinfection solution.

Pulling Problem Teeth Before Heart Surgery To Prevent Infection May Be Catch-22

February 27, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

To pull or not to pull? A Mayo Clinic study found that roughly 1 in 10 heart surgery patients who had troublesome teeth extracted before surgery died or had adverse outcomes such as a stroke or kidney failure...       

One in Five U.S. Hospitals Don't Put Hand Sanitizer Everywhere Needed To Prevent Infections

February 27, 2014 9:51 am | News | Comments

Approximately one in five U.S. health facilities don't make alcohol-based hand sanitizer available at every point of care, missing a critical opportunity to prevent healthcare-associated infections, according to new research from Columbia University School of Nursing and the World Health Organization (WHO)...

Plastic Sterilization Trays

February 24, 2014 11:15 am | by Key Surgical | Key Surgical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Key Surgical Plastic Sterilization Trays are designed to protect delicate instruments during washing, sterilization, and storage. Constructed of durable, heat resistant plastic to ensure strength and chemical resistance, these trays are lightweight and incredibly easy to use. Enhanced features include a perforated, slotted lid and base to facilitate the circulation of steam and assist with drying. Raised nodes in the base allow for easy removal of silicone mat.

Study: Computerized Checklist Reduces Type Of Hospital Infection

February 24, 2014 7:05 am | News | Comments

A computerized safety checklist that automatically pulls information from patients' electronic medical records was associated with a threefold drop in rates of one serious type of hospital-acquired infection, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford...

Study: Low Rate Of SSIs Following Ambulatory Surgery

February 19, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

In an analysis that included nearly 300,000 patients from eight states who underwent ambulatory surgery (surgery performed on a person who is admitted to and discharged from a hospital on the same day), researchers found that the rates of surgical site infections were relatively low; however, the absolute number of patients with these complications is substantial, according to a study...

U.S., 26 Countries Launch Effort To Fight Outbreaks

February 14, 2014 7:25 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort Thursday to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases before they spread around the globe. U.S. health officials called the Global Health Security Agenda a priority because too many countries lack the health infrastructure necessary to spot a new infection rapidly and sound the alarm before it has time to gain a foothold and even spread into other countries...

Infection Control Versus Psychology: To White Coat Or Not

February 12, 2014 11:07 am | by Michael Edmond, M.D., MPH | Blogs | Comments

As you enter your next patient’s room, bare below the elbows in your freshly laundered scrubs, stop for a split second and imagine yourself sporting a shiny white coat in all of its radiant splendor with a Superman logo blazing above the chest pocket...

The Rising Threat Of Superbugs

February 7, 2014 10:22 am | by Dr. Hudson Garrett, Senior Director, Clinical Affairs, PDI | Blogs | Comments

Bacteria will inevitably find ways of resisting the antibiotics that are developed, which is why aggressive action is needed now to keep new resistance from developing and to prevent the resistance that already exists from spreading. Hospitals should collaborate with the facility’s clinical pharmacy department, infection preventionists, and pharmacy and therapeutics committee to closely monitor trends and take action as necessary...

Study: Federally Sponsored Plan To Lower HAIs A Success

February 6, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

Researchers found that a federally sponsored plan to lower healthcare-acquired infections was successful in addressing the challenges of prioritizing and coordinating strategies. In addition, the plan has been associated with reductions in the rates of healthcare-associated infection rates, with progress made toward most targets where data are available...

Columbia Study: Hospitals Don't Follow Infection Prevention Rules

February 6, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

While most hospitals have polices in place to prevent healthcare-associated infections, clinicians often fail to follow evidence-based guidelines established to prevent these infections, according to new research. The study found lax compliance even in intensive care units where patients are more likely to be treated with devices linked to preventable infections – such as central lines, urinary catheters, and ventilators...

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