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Oral Meds Cut Hospital Stay For Kids With Appendicitis

October 30, 2013 10:24 am | by Cole Petrochko | News | Comments

Children with advanced appendicitis who received oral instead of intravenous antibiotics had a shorter hospital stay and required fewer postoperative ultrasounds, researchers reported...           

New Substance Effectively Combats Multi-Resistant Bacteria

October 30, 2013 10:19 am | News | Comments

In Europe alone, more than 25,000 people die each year from infections caused by multi-resistant bacteria. Researchers from University of Copenhagen have now developed and characterized a substance that quickly and effectively kills the virulent bacteria. The substance employs a multifunctional mechanism that reduces the risk of antibiotic resistance...

Fecal Transplant Used To Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

October 29, 2013 9:23 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from the potentially life threatening C. difficile bacterial infection in their intestines. However, many patients are resorting to fecal transplants to combat the highly antibiotic-resistant bacteria -- an unusual and controversial treatment...


Obesity May Increase The Risk Of Clostridium Difficile Infection

October 24, 2013 2:36 pm | News | Comments

Researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified obesity as a possible risk factor for clostridium difficile infection (CDI). These findings, which appear online in Emerging Infectious Diseases, may contribute to improved clinical surveillance of those at highest risk of disease...

GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro Surgical Gloves

October 24, 2013 2:27 pm | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro surgical gloves from Ansell offer exceptional dexterity, tactical sensitivity, and at the same time, outstanding strength and barrier protection. The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro is ideal for delicate procedures without the risks associated with natural rubber latex sensitization. GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro can also serve as an underglove. Its micro-thickness allows for comfortable double-gloving.

Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat

October 24, 2013 1:55 pm | by New Pig Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

New Pig Corporation introduces the Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat with an adhesive bottom. It absorbs and retains up to three liters of liquid to help keep the OR floor clean and safe. The Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat is deigned to not rip, tear or fray under heavy foot traffic and has been tested and certified by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) as a high-traction surface which can reduce slip and fall claims by as much as 90 percent when used as part of a Floor Safety Program.

Product Q&A: Ansell's Gammex Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

October 24, 2013 10:31 am | Ansell | Articles | Comments

The Ansell GAMMEX gloves are not made from natural rubber latex, and are powder free. The GAMMEX line includes products that are chemical-accelerator free and help to prevent Type I and Type IV allergies. The Non-Latex Sensitive glove features the revolutionary SENSOPRENE formulation...

Researchers Propose Social Network Modeling To Fight Hospital Infections

October 23, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

Two researchers have teamed up with a researcher at American University to develop a framework to help prevent costly and deadly infections acquired by hospitalized patients. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), these transmissions strike one out of every 20 inpatients, drain billions of dollars from the national health care system, and cause tens of thousands of deaths annually...


GAMMEX Non-Latex PI White Surgical Glove

October 23, 2013 9:29 am | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI White surgical glove from Ansell is powder-free and made from synthetic polyisoprene.  Wearers experience exceptional fit that also provides tactile sensitivity and dependability. This glove delivers all the performance characteristics of natural rubber latex without the risk of natural rubber latex sensitization. GAMMEX Non-Latex PI White surgical gloves feature a special anti-slip surface treatment to provide extra grip.

Inspired Revolutions In Surgical Glove Technology

October 22, 2013 10:04 am | by Ansell | Videos | Comments

Introducing Ansell's GAMMEX Non-Latex Surgical Gloves to the North American market. Featuring the wide breadth of product line, GAMMEX now offers eight different surgical gloves to accommodate the requirements of the entire surgical team.

Rapicide OPA/28 High-Level Disinfectant

October 22, 2013 9:42 am | by Crosstex/SPS Medical | Crosstex | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Narrow-Spectrum UV Light May Reduce Surgical Infections

October 21, 2013 11:47 am | News | Comments

Despite major efforts to keep operating rooms sterile, surgical wound infections remain a serious and stubborn problem, killing up to 8,200 patients a year in the U.S. A study by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers suggests that narrow-spectrum ultraviolet (UV) light could dramatically reduce such infections without damaging human tissue...

Study Looks At Role Of Uncertainty In Infectious Disease Modelling

October 21, 2013 11:38 am | News | Comments

In a study published in PLOS One, researchers analyzed scientific papers, interviews, policies, reports, and outcomes of previous infectious disease outbreaks in the UK to ascertain the role uncertainties played in previous models, and how these were understood by both the designers of the model and the users of the model...


Patient Gown

October 21, 2013 9:32 am | by Peak Textiles | Product Releases | Comments

Peak Textiles's ECT Patient Gown allows drainage, feeding and central line tubes to pass through the gown so they are easily visible during bedside care, reducing the risk of misconnections. One size fits most patients and a generous overlap in back eliminates the need to put two gowns on one patient. Built-in central line slits separate lumens from the skin.

GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

October 21, 2013 9:10 am | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

Ansell, the global leader in hand protection, features the GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive surgical glove with SENSOPRENE formulation. GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive is a major innovation in non-latex, chemical accelerator-free glove technology. The SENSOPRENE formulation allows for superior sensitivity while maintaining glove strength, offering unprecedented comfort and tactility with advanced allergy protection against both latex and chemical allergies for healthcare workers and patients.

Antibiotic Use To Treat Catheter-Associated Bacteriuria Futile In Decreasing Risk Of Mortality

October 16, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

In a retrospective cohort study of 444 urine cultures from 308 patients, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine found that catheter-associated urinary tract infection, but not asymptomatic bacteriuria, was significantly associated with developing bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream) within 30 days but was not significantly associated with mortality...

New Type Of Antibiotic Offers Promising Approach To Drug-Resistant Infections

October 16, 2013 10:44 am | News | Comments

A new type of antibiotic called a PPMO, which works by blocking genes essential for bacterial reproduction, successfully killed a multidrug-resistant germ common to healthcare settings, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report. The technology and new approach offer potential promise against the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, the researchers said...


October 16, 2013 10:28 am | by Covalon Technologies | Covalon Technologies Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

Advancements in infection prevention have greatly increased the surgeon’s ability to give their patients the best possible care.  SurgiClear from Covalon Technologies integrates two well-known antimicrobials (chlorhexidine and silver) into the film dressing’s soft silicone adhesive. The dual antimicrobial silicone adhesive kills 99.99 percent of bacteria and suppresses re-growth of microbes on the patient’s skin, maintaining a preferred environment for wound healing.

2View Specimen Mammography Container

October 16, 2013 10:22 am | by 2View, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The 2View Specimen Mammography Container is designed to reduce the incidence of re-excision in partial mastectomy surgery cases by providing 90-degree orthogonal views without the risk of damage from manipulation. Furthermore, it recently received patent number 8162140B2 in 2012. The specimen travels from the OR, through Radiology, to Pathology, and untouched by human hands.

Side Load Glove Box Dispensers

October 14, 2013 10:19 am | by Waterloo Healthcare | Waterloo Healthcare | Product Releases | Comments

Waterloo Healthcare is now offering a complete line of side load glove box dispensers to help you fight the spread of HAIs. Manufactured from lightweight yet durable aluminum, these glove box dispensers will stand up to the test of time. They are available in four different configurations and finishes, a standard crème textured powder coat, or one of the three premium architectural wood grain applications.

Express Gel Hand Sanitizer

October 14, 2013 9:57 am | by Ecolab Healthcare | Product Releases | Comments

Ecolab Healthcare is announcing the availability of Express Gel Hand Sanitizer, a new waterless hand sanitizer for healthcare professionals that kills 99.99 percent of pathogens tested within 15 seconds. The product’s mild, 96 percent biobased formula dries quickly for easier gloving, helps maintain skin moisture, and helps enable hospitals to meet sustainability goals by reducing consumption of non-renewable resources.

Superbugs: The Numbers Don't Lie

October 14, 2013 9:17 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

If one is to believe the old adage that “Numbers never lie," then the healthcare industry should be very, very worried about the ever-growing problem of superbugs of in hospitals and medical facilities. A recent report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that every year more than 2 million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics.  Of those 2 million, roughly 23,000 die...

NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers Confirm Third Case Of MRSA

October 14, 2013 9:08 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say a third player has been diagnosed with MRSA, a staph infection that is resistant to many common antibiotics. General manager Mark Dominik made the announcement Friday, a day after confirming guard Carl Nicks is being treated for a recurrence of MRSA. reported the player was rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks...

NFL Player Is Being Treated For Recurrence Of MRSA

October 11, 2013 9:45 am | by Fred Goodall. AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks is being treated for a recurrence of the MRSA infection in his left foot. Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said the team received confirmation Thursday that Nicks has MRSA again in the "same place, same location..."

Concentrated Instrument Cleaning Formulations

October 11, 2013 9:34 am | by Steris | Product Releases | Comments

Steris offers Prolystica 2X concentrated instrument cleaning formulations, which are proven solutions for manual cleaning and for automated washing systems. Prolystica 2X products are flexible, fast-acting formulations for all cleaning needs. Prolystica chemistries are meant to provide superior cleaning, rinse away easily and are biodegradable. They help maintain and protect instrument/device surfaces and functions.

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