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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...

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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...

Kimberly-Clark Awarded First Novation NOVAPLUS Contract For Hand Hygiene Products

January 31, 2014 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Kimberly-Clark and Novation today announced that for the first time in the history of the Kleenex brand, Kimberly-Clark is offering its complete line of hand-hygiene products via an exclusive contract through NOVAPLUS, the leading private-label brand for hospitals...

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BactiQuik

January 31, 2014 10:12 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark Industries has announced that they are now offering a product called, “BactiQuik." It is a new prepackaged 1 ML vial of microbial suspensions that can be quickly and easily mixed with “Artificial Test Soil” (ATS) to perform validation testing for disinfection and sterilization. The vials that they come in contain a pure population of approximately 1x108 CFU/ML.

Llama-Derived Antibodies Open Door To Development Of C. Diff Treatments

January 30, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

Researchers have revealed the first molecular views showing how highly specific antibodies derived from llamas may provide a new method for controlling deadly infections from the opportunistic bacterial pathogen Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)...

New Guidelines For Healthcare Personnel Attire Are Short On Evidence

January 27, 2014 9:00 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

If I could ask the well-meaning folks at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America one question, it would be, "Why issue guidelines if you have no evidence to base them on?"              

Seattle Children's Hospital Investigated Over Dirty Instruments

January 24, 2014 9:49 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Scopes used during colonoscopies were found to have been cleaned improperly at Seattle Children's Hospital. As a result of the oversight, approximately 100 children are at risk. Following an investigation by the hospital, a lapse in the facility's cleaning process was discovered...

National Plan For Preventing HAIs Shows Progress

January 24, 2014 9:31 am | News | Comments

Independent evaluators have found that measurable progress in reducing the rates of some targeted HAIs has been achieved under the umbrella of a national plan to prevent HAIs that was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...

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Protective Covers

January 23, 2014 11:47 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark Industries has announced a new line of products that are disposable, zip lock plastic sleeves designed to keep your phones and tablets clean. They also offer hygienic keyboard covers that help protect against cross contamination. Easy to fit and use, these protective covers may be changed as often as needed to ensure clean use anywhere you go.

Hand Hygiene Dispensing Platform

January 22, 2014 11:57 am | by Ecolab | Ecolab | Product Releases | Comments

Ecolab introduces Nexa, a new hand hygiene dispensing platform that is designed to make it easier to promote good hand-washing practices and reduce the spread of infectious diseases. The innovative Nexa platform can dispense an array of Ecolab hand hygiene products, including liquid and foam hand soaps, lotions, hand sanitizers, and body shampoos, all from the same unit, making changing of products easy.

Colon Surgery At Busier Hospitals May Lead To Better Recovery

January 22, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

People who have colon surgery at high-volume hospitals are more likely than patients at smaller ones to go straight home for recovery without needing special care, according to a large new study. There are many ways to gauge the success of a surgery. Being able to perform daily activities and get around independently after the procedure is as important as surviving and avoiding complications...

Researchers: Hospital Water Taps Contaminated With Bacteria

January 21, 2014 11:28 am | News | Comments

New research finds significantly higher levels of infectious pathogens in water from faucet taps with aerators compared to water from deeper in the plumbing system. Contaminated water poses an increased risk for infection in immunocompromised patients...

Nitrile Examination Gloves

January 21, 2014 10:03 am | by Tronex Healthcare | Tronex Healthcare | Product Releases | Comments

Tronex Healthcare’s evolving line of nitrile examination gloves now includes nine innovative styles plus NEW high-count packaging options. Manufactured in state-of-the-art ISO-certified and FDA-registered facilities from advanced material blends, Tronex nitrile exam gloves are offered in a variety of formulations, including seven chemotherapy-rated styles and two sterile options.

Researchers Identify Possible Explanation for Link Between Exercise And Improved Prostate Cancer Outcomes

January 20, 2014 11:16 am | News | Comments

Men who walked at a fast pace prior to a prostate cancer diagnosis had more regularly shaped blood vessels in their prostate tumors compared with men who walked slowly, providing a potential explanation for why exercise is linked to improved outcomes for men with prostate cancer, according to results...

Public Awareness Of C. Difficile Must Rise

January 20, 2014 3:48 am | by Christian John Lillis | Blogs | Comments

Most bacteria never have a breakout year. But when the nerve center for the nation’s fight against deadly diseases last fall ranked C. diff. first among the three most “urgent” threats to public health, an overdue spotlight shone on an epidemic that much of the press overlooked for decades...

Surgical Drapes And Waste Bags

January 14, 2014 10:26 am | by Ecolab Healthcare | Product Releases | Comments

Ecolab Healthcare is announcing the availability of Genesys surgical drapes and waste bags made of a material that promotes quicker breakdown in biologically active landfills. When in use, the products help maintain a sterile field in operating rooms. Then, when disposed of, they breakdown up to 35 percent in just 21 months.

Hype-Wipe Bleach Towelettes And Bleach-Rite Spray

January 9, 2014 11:07 am | by Current Technologies | Current Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hype-Wipe Bleach towelettes and Bleach-Rite Spray from Current Technologies are ready-to-use, EPA registered hospital-grade disinfectants containing a 1:10 dilution of bleach and are stabilized for an extended shelf life. Both the wipe and spray products are approved for a one-minute kill time against Influenza A H1N1 (swine flu).

MRSA Drug Dosage Calculations Found To Be Inaccurate For Children Over 10

January 7, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

The emergence of MRSA, dubbed a 'superbug' due to its resistance to many antibiotic drugs, has resulted in the glycopeptide antibiotic Vancomycin being commonly prescribed for patients in hospital. However, MRSA's resistance to drugs has led to concerns of a 'creeping minimum' in the concentration of the dosage required to treat infection...

MRSA Infection Rates Drop In Veterans Affairs Long-Term Care Facilities

January 6, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

Four years after implementing a national initiative to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates in Veterans Affairs (VA) long-term care facilities, MRSA infections have declined significantly, according to a recent study...

Shoe Covers

December 23, 2013 9:03 am | by Tronex Healthcare | Tronex Healthcare | Product Releases | Comments

Tronex Healthcare offers the Tronex SMS Shoe Covers, which are meticulously crafted from a breathable, fluid-repellent, spunbond meltblown spunbond (SMS) material. This three-ply material consists of one layer of meltblown polypropylene bonded between two layers of antistatic polypropylene spunbond, offering maximum protection from fluid exposure.

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