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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.

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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...

SurgiClear

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.

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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. NFL.com 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..."

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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.

Covenant Health Deploys Powerful Superbug-Slaying Robot For Room Disinfection

October 10, 2013 1:55 pm | News | Comments

Covenant Health has added TRU-D SmartUVC(TM), a 5-foot-5 germ-killing UV disinfection robot made by Lumalier, to its arsenal of preventive practices aimed at protecting patients from serious health care-associated infections.  According to studies, infections acquired during the course of medical treatment cost $9.8 billion annually, and individual cases of surgical site infections added an average of $20,785 to a patient's medical bills...

Wearing Gloves And Gown In ICU May Protect Against MRSA Superbug, But Not VRE

October 10, 2013 9:51 am | by Michelle Castillo | Articles | Comments

Wearing disposable gowns and gloves may help fight against MRSA's spread. However, the protective gear was not shown to reduce the rates of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), another bacteria that's a culprit for hospital acquired infections...

Epidermal Harvesting System

October 4, 2013 5:12 pm | by Kinetic Concepts, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Kinetic Concepts, Inc. offers its CelluTome Epidermal Harvesting System. According to the company, it gives an automated, precise and reproducible process of harvesting autologous non-damaged epidermal tissue. The CelluTome System allows for a simplified and convenient way to harvest epidermis and provide autologous epidermal micrografts.

Nitrile Examination Glove

October 4, 2013 4:06 pm | by Sempermed | Sempermed Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sempermed is pleased to introduce its new StarMed Ultra Nitrile examination glove. StarMed Ultra Nitrile is the latest addition to the StarMed family. StarMed Ultra Nitrile is manufactured with a second generation nitrile formula, providing an incomparable fit and feel without sacrificing the protection and peace of mind healthcare workers demand. This unique formula reduces tackiness thus allowing for a quick and easy don.

Pill May Treat Stubborn, Deadly C. Diff Bacteria

October 3, 2013 4:34 pm | by Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Transplanting fecal matter has been one of the best remedies at treating a tough bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile (C. diff). Scientists are now saying they can give all the benefits of poop in a tiny pill. This new pill method is a less yucky way to do "fecal transplants." And, Canadian researchers tried this method on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help...

Sonic Irrigator

October 3, 2013 4:25 pm | by Medisafe America | Medisafe America | Product Releases | Comments

Medisafe America offers the Sonic Irrigator designed for the daVinci Endowrist instrument. The built in class II-Thermal 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.

Recent Health Scare Proves A Patient's Best Interest Doesn't Always Matter

October 3, 2013 11:40 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

Days, weeks, and months can go by before a patient is notified about an unsafe healthcare practice. How the situation between the state Health Department and this particular Spokane surgery center has played out is an unsettling reminder that the patient’s best interest can go overlooked in the face of negative publicity...

EPS Sterile Labels

September 30, 2013 10:49 am | by EPS | Medi-Dose, Inc./EPS, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

EPS is pleased to announce its EPS Sterile Labels for operating and procedure rooms. They’re another addition to its product line to help facilities maintain JCAHO compliance and reduce the potential for medication error. Since the EPS Sterile Labels are provided in individual packages, facilities no longer have to create or sterilize large quantities of labels in-house. The labels are available in a convenient ½” x 1 ½” size and can be used on syringes, bowls, basins…any container used during procedures.

The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI Micro Surgical Gloves

September 27, 2013 12:26 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.

The Problem Of SSIs

September 27, 2013 9:48 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Surgical site infections result in cost totals ranging between $5 billion and $10 billion per year, without taking into account additional expenses related to factors such as job loss or malpractice litigation. While there are ways for hospital staff and administration to reduce the prevalence of surgical site infections at their respective facilities, they remain a significant problem for many facilities.

Leading Innovators Hill-Rom & Edison Nation Medical Partner to Decrease Patient Infection Rate

September 26, 2013 4:06 pm | News | Comments

Hill-Rom, a leading manufacturer and provider of medical technologies, and Edison Nation Medical, a medical invention developer and online resource for health care innovation, have formed a partnership to conduct a worldwide search for medical invention ideas to address patient infections that occur within health care environments...

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