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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.

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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...

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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.

The ScopeValet Valvesafe

December 19, 2013 11:02 am | by Ruhof | Ruhof Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The ScopeValet Valvesafe from Ruhof is a single-use endoscope valve cage for the safe handling of endoscope valves during the cleaning, disinfection, and storage process. ScopeValet Valvesafe ensures that the valves and other detachable parts to be reused remain as a unique set with the parent endoscope, as recommended by a number of National and International guidelines.

GUS Disinfectant Warmer

December 18, 2013 10:16 am | by PCI Medical | PCI Medical | Product Releases | Comments

PCI Medical announces a new GUS Disinfectant Warmer that lets you safely warm your high-level disinfectant to meet the minimum recommended temperature. The warmer maintains the temperature of the disinfectant cup approximately 10 degrees Fahrenheit above the ambient room temperature. An indicator light will remain illuminated to show that the unit is turned on.

GeniStrong Specimen Retrieval Solutions

December 17, 2013 10:44 am | by DeRoyal | DeRoyal | Product Releases | Comments

DeRoyal’s GeniStrong Specimen Retrieval Solutions provide a solution for endoscopic specimen retrieval needs. Available in multiple sizes (Medium, M/L, Large & custom sizes) to support an array of laparoscopic surgical procedures, this single-use product offering is latex-free, versatile, and easy-to-use. Made from a water-tight nylon material, the bags are ultra-resilient, durable, and reliable in securing and removing specimen with ease.

Blue Light Phototherapy Kills Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, According To New Studies

December 17, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

Blue light has proven to have powerful bacteria-killing ability in the laboratory. The potent antibacterial effects of irradiation using light in the blue spectra have now also been demonstrated in human and animal tissues...     

IRiS

December 16, 2013 11:16 am | by Medline Industries | Medline Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Medline offers 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. IRiS offer UVS field balancing, sensing technology utilized for all rooms to receive the appropriate amount of UVC, and tracking/documenting via the unique Steri-Trak Service Documentation system.

Powder-Free Latex Exam Glove

December 16, 2013 11:07 am | by Adenna | Adenna, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Adenna Explorer is an 8 mil thick, 9½ inch long, powder-free latex exam glove designed to provide extra protection and stronger resistance to wear and tear on the job. The glove fingers are almost double in thickness when compared to regular exam gloves.

Surgery Anti-Fatigue Mats

December 13, 2013 9:46 am | by Medicus Health | Medicus Health | Product Releases | Comments

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. They are designed to be completely autoclavable up to 250 deg. F and reusable...

Aplicare

December 12, 2013 10:50 am | by Clorox Healthcare | Product Releases | Comments

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.

National Evidence-Based Guidelines For Preventing HAIs Infections In NHS Hospitals Released

December 12, 2013 10:37 am | News | Comments

The Journal of Hospital Infection (JHI) has just released the awaited epic3 guidelines on infection prevention and control for a range of healthcare professionals. They are freely available online on ScienceDirect and on the journal's website. The guidelines were commissioned by the UK Department of Health and have been developed after a systematic and expert review of all the available scientific evidence...

Absorbent Floor Pads

December 11, 2013 10:20 am | by LDI Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

LDI Corporation announces the launch of the EnviroSorb Super Absorbent Surgical Floor Pad. The new EnviroSorb Super Absorbent pad absorbs twice as much fluid and contains spills in an innovative composite structure. This results in less clean-up and easier handling and disposal. EnviroSorb also helps keep floors clean, dry and slip-free during fluid-intense surgical procedures.

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