Dr. Hudson Garrett is currently employed as the Senior Director, Clinical Affairs for PDI. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry, a dual Masters in Nursing and Public Health, and a PhD In Healthcare Administration. In this interview he discusses methods of OR sterilization, their limiations, and how hospitals can get better results.
Managing hospital waste is a complex but important process. Through the use of disposal products, protective equipment, prudent practices, and the implementation of fluid management systems, hospitals and other medical facilities are able to dispose of hospital waste in a way that minimizes the spread of infection. In general, the practices and safeguards are working. But there are still areas where hospitals can improve.
JNJ Industries’ SmartHolder was designed specifically for JNJ's SuperSaturated SmartWipes canisters, to keep them readily available and easily accessible. The SmartHolder is made from rugged spring steel wire that expands easily for loading and unloading the canister. The white powder coat finish provides a clean and professional look that is suitable for all professional environments.
Clorox Professional Products Company has announced the introduction of Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes and Spray, a new line of ready-to-use, one-step cleaner disinfectants engineered with a patented activated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) formula. These activated hydrogen peroxide products are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill 32 bacteria and viruses in 30-seconds to one minute, the fastest non-bleach contact time available.
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.
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.
Health officials in Massachusetts said five patients in the state may have also been exposed to the fatal brain infection Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease because a specialized instrument used on the New Hampshire patient had been rented and reused at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.
Health officials in New Hampshire said eight neurosurgery patients at one hospital in the state may have been unwittingly exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Surgical instruments used on a patient later given a tentative diagnosis of sporadic CJD were subsequently used in at least eight other patients after ordinary sterilization, which is not adequate to reliably eliminate the prion proteins responsible for CJD.
The EssentiATM towel, manufactured by Precision Fabrics Group (PFG) in Greensboro, NC, is made from an innovative nonwoven fabric that does not generate the amount of lint or the loose fibers associated with cotton fabric. It does, meanwhile, have absorbency and drapability characteristics that are equal or superior to those of cotton.
Steris now offers the PATHOGON UV Disinfection System, an automated, mobile system using germicidal ultraviolet light to reduce or kill pathogens on environmental surfaces. Germicidal UVC light has a proven history of reliable biocidal activity against a wide range of healthcare-associated pathogens. The PATHOGON system is designed for use as part of a complete cleaning and disinfection program, and has been shown to kill organisms such as Clostridium difficile, MRSA, VRE, Acinetobacter baumannii, Klebsiella pneumoniae and others.
Americans could save billions of dollars in health care costs each year if hospitals did a better job of curbing preventable infections, according to a new study. Research released today by JAMA Internal Medicine found that infections acquired during the course of medical treatment cost $9.8 billion annually. Researchers reviewed published data from 1998 through April 2013 and adjusted the costs for inflation in 2012 dollars.
The CDC has reported that one out of every 20 patients will contract an infection while in the hospital. At the Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colo., they are using a portable, room-disinfecting robot to pulse germicidal ultraviolet light to protect patients from potential infections. CBS Denver's health specialist Kathy Walsh reports.
Medisafe America offers the Sonic Irrigator, PCF-designed and validated for the daVinci Endowrist instrument. The built in class II-Thermal low-level disinfection feature combines cleaning and disinfection steps into one process complete with; enzymatic detergent wash, lumen flushing with simultaneous ultrasonic cleaning cycle, finalized with a thermal rinse.
Tampa Bay guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes are being treated for MRSA infections. Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik confirmed Thursday that Nicks has an infected blister on the side of his left foot and Tynes has an infected toe on his right foot. The cases were diagnosed last week while the Bucs were in New England holding joint practices with the Patriots before a preseason game.
New PurMist from Integrity Supply is the only full body sanitizer that uses natural essential oils, offers glove-like protection for the hands and is an eco-friendly product. PurMist moisturizes skin/hands and offers four hours of continual protection after each application.
A recently completed AHRQ-funded study explores the use of a proactive risk assessment to identify hazards that can lead to surgical site infections (SSIs) in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting. The report describes the use of a tool to estimate the risk of SSIs in the ambulatory surgery environment, examines single point failures as well as combinations of events that lead to the outcome of interest.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) PHASIX Mesh from Davol is a fully resorbable soft tissue reconstruction implant and a potential alternative to biologics and to long-term permanent mesh. Providing a durable repair without permanent foreign material, it is intended to handle similarly to polypropylene mesh.
The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has awarded the AORN Seal of Recognition to the PerfectCLEAN Operating Room program, developed by UMF Corporation, a leading manufacturer and innovator of infection prevention products.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Draco Deep-Cleaning Hand Pads utilize a unique combination of materials that detach, capture and remove biofilms and other forms of adhered contamination. A recent study performed at the Montana University Center for Biofilm Engineering shows that the mechanics of scrubbing and the formation of the substrates have a far greater effect on cleaning outcomes than the various chemistries of enzymatic detergents.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) About 80 percent fluid management cost is for canisters. The compact, wall-mounted Environ-mate DM6000 Series from MD Technologies has eliminated costs of both canisters and waste disposal, offering tremendous savings to hundreds of facilities. Environ-mate units silently dispose of fluid from suction field directly to sewer, isolating staff from exposure.
PDI offers the Sani-Cloth AF3 Portable Pak. Sani-Cloth AF3 Germicidal Disposable Wipe, an alcohol and fragrance free quaternary-based disinfectant, is now available in the new Portable Pak, an innovation in packaging designed to keep disinfection of mobile equipment top-of-mind and make disinfection on-the-go easier than ever.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Ultra Clean Systems offers its latest high-capacity ultrasonic cleaning system, the XL48. The innovative XL48 comes equipped with cutting-edge TRT (Titanium Rod Technology), significantly decreasing cycle times to less than a third of standard wash cycles. The XL48 cleans 48 cannulated or 32 robotic instruments in 13 minutes.
A moderate increase in vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) at one hospital can lead to a nearly 3 percent increase in VRE in every other hospital in that county, according to a study. VRE is one of the most common bacteria that cause infections in healthcare facilities.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Ecolab Healthcare’s Adhesion Probe Cover provides a sterile protective cover for ultrasound probe transducers for a variety of applications including diagnostic, endocavity, and intraoperative imaging. Featuring an adhesive tip that securely fastens the cover to the transducer head, Adhesion Probe Covers protect the ultrasound probe during imaging for sterile procedures without affecting the image quality.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) BioDrain Medical’s flagship product, the STREAMWAY System, is a revolutionary canister-free device that disposes of surgical waste fluid with virtually no handling. The fully automated, direct-to-drain system collects, measures, and disposes of surgical fluids; greatly reducing the exposure risk to healthcare workers.