Memphis-based Lumalier, maker of TRU-D SmartUVC, recently delivered its 5-foot-5 germ-killing ultraviolet robot to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md., marking well over 100 devices now being deployed in hospitals across the U.S. and Canada as an integral part of their infection-control teams.
Our bodies and environments are covered in microbes -- some good for us, some bad for us. As we learn more about the germs and microbes who share our living spaces, Jessica Green asks: Can we design buildings and facilities that encourage happy, healthy microbial environments? Think of how this can impact how hospitals and other medical facilities are designed and constructed.
In a nationwide study of patients undergoing surgery for cancer, Henry Ford Hospital researchers have found that while infections during hospital stays increased during a 10-year period, the death rate from those infections dropped.
Medisafe America offers the Sonic Irrigator-PCF. The product is tested and validated for cleaning da Vinci EndoWrist instruments using the same critical cleaning parameters as Intuitive Surgical’s manual cleaning method.
Doctors are trying to contain a new form of bacteria that antibiotics don't reach. Even the Center for Disease Control has referred to the situation as a "nightmare." Dr. Richard Besser has the details on this bug.
Fixing the problem of "superbugs" will need both faster approval of last-resort drugs and new ways to guarantee rewards for companies, according to both industry leaders and public health officials who have been sounding the alarm.
Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corporation is pleased to offer a Multi-Purpose Surgical Drape Clamp. The familiar design of the easy-to-grip clip allows for secure clamping of surgical drapes to IV poles and drape-stands.
When lint or other debris manages to contaminate your surgical tools, the effects can be devastating.
The latest report, released Tuesday, covers 2011, and shows a total of 110 infections. The total was similar in 2010, but the new figure is 40 percent lower than expected based on national data.
Healthmark Industries offers a complete line of count sheet holders. They are designed to hold instrument count sheets on the outside of wrapped trays and closed containers.
A mixture of sequestration cuts is hindering the shift of American medicine from treatment to prevention of disease, and could leave US residents vulnerable to the growing threat of infectious diseases, according to analysts from leading research and consulting firm GlobalData.
Deadly "superbugs" -- resistant to even the strongest antibiotics -- have been found in 42 states. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, discusses this critical issue.
The Aplicare sterile skin antiseptics from Clorox Healthcare are sterilized after the product has been placed in the packaging, offering a distinct difference from products with non-sterile formulas. Each lot of sterile Aplicare povidone-iodine is sterilized to a 10-6 assurance level.
AirClean Systems VP50 Endocavity Ultrasound Probe Workstations allow effective and efficient disinfection of transvaginal ultrasound probes while protecting the technician from potentially harmful exposure to high level disinfectant vapors.
The bacteria, Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), kill up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections from them. In addition to spreading among patients, often on the hands of healthcare personnel, CRE bacteria can transfer their resistance to other bacteria within their family.
Bleach-Rite Spray is a one-step, intermediate level disinfectant containing 0.525% or 1:10 dilution of sodium hypochlorite from Current Technologies. EPA registered Bleach-Rite Spray is stabilized and the expiration date is stamped on every bottle. Wipe down high-touch areas such as light switches, IV poles, carts, trays, bedrails, doorknobs, commodes, BP cuffs, and counters quickly and efficiently.
On March 4, 2013, at 6:00 in the morning, more than 1,100 operating room nurses participated in a special Pink Glove Dance in San Diego, CA at Medline's 8th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Breakfast.
Health officials are reporting an alarming increase in some dangerous superbugs at U.S. hospitals. These superbugs from a common germ family have become extremely resistant to treatment with antibiotics. Only 10 years ago, such resistance was hardly ever seen in this group.
TYRX’s AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope is a polypropylene mesh pouch/sleeve specifically designed to aid in the stabilization of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs), such as pacemakers or defibrillators (ICDs), as well as to help prevent surgical site infections associated with CIEDs.
Current Technologies offers the Mini Hype-Wipe bleach towelettes. According to the company, they have rapid kill times, including a one- minute kill time for TB, Strep, Salmonella, Pseudomonas, Norovirus, RSV, H1N1, ESBL, CRKP, Rotavirus, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and a two-minute kill time for MRSA, VRE, and Staph. They also enable quick, convenient disinfection of equipment such as glucometers and urinalysis or blood chemistry devices.
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.
Patients with diabetes were no more likely to suffer infection, deep vein thrombosis (a deep vein blood clot) or other complications following total knee replacement (TKR) than patients without diabetes, according to new research.
An estimated 300,000 U.S. patients get surgical site infections every year, and while the causes are varied, a new University of Utah study suggests that some who get an infection can blame it partly on their genes.
Experience the Power of Clean with Sterilizer Chamber Cleaning Service from Spectrum Surgical Instruments / STERIS Specialty Services. AORN recommends regular chamber cleaning in its equipment maintenance supplement to ensure your sterilizer continues to perform to your expectations.
Ansell launched the GAMMEX Non-Latex Antimicrobial surgical glove, a new to the world medical device, in the Canadian market. This glove combines allergy and antimicrobial protection for healthcare workers in Canada, especially in the case of intraoperative glove breaches.