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Hospitals Can Do More to Prevent C. diff Infections, a Study Reports

April 24, 2015 10:00 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

While nearly all of the 398 hospitals in the study use a variety of measures to protect their patients from the bug, 48 percent haven't adopted strict limits on the use of antibiotics and other drugs that can allow Clostridium defficile to flourish.

The Transformation of Healthcare Attire and its Role in Protecting Providers and Patients

April 23, 2015 9:43 am | by ​Amber Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH and Bill Borwegen, MPH | Blogs | Comments

In November 2014 the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) issued updated...

Increasing Antibiotic Shortages Raise Concerns

April 23, 2015 9:10 am | by INFECTIOUS DISEASES SOCIETY OF AMERICA | News | Comments

Analyzing data from the University of Utah Drug Information Service database, a national...

Surgeons See Through the Smoke

April 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

More than 41 gasses are found in surgical plume, such as, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and...

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Fluid Management: Keeping It Safe, Quick and Clean

April 21, 2015 4:57 pm | by Jeff Reinke, executive editor | Articles | Comments

Industry leaders weighed in on best practices for managing fluid collection and disposal in helping improve OR efficiency and infection control procedures during a brainstorm facilitated by Surgical Products. 

Surgeon Says Non-Chemical, Non-Latex Gloves Saved His Career

April 20, 2015 11:26 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | News | Comments

Fourteen years into his surgical career, he noticed his hands were suddenly red and itchy.

Antimicrobial Medical Units Outperform Typical Hospitals in Cleanness

April 20, 2015 10:01 am | by Parx Plastics | News | Comments

Right after typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines semi-permanent hospitals were build to replace the original hospital, which was smashed and flooded beyond repair.

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Leading Doctors Warn Research Strategy Needs to Change to Prevent Sepsis Deaths

April 20, 2015 9:52 am | by THE LANCET | News | Comments

According to Professor Cohen, lead author of the Commission and Emeritus Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Brighton & Sussex Medical School, "Sepsis is both one of the best known yet most poorly understood medical disorders, and one of the most challenging medical conditions in routine clinical practice."

Science of Sterile Scrubs

April 16, 2015 10:57 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | News | Comments

Developing the science behind the germ-zapping attire is a challenge a few manufactures have taken on, which includes picking the right antimicrobial agent.

Qualifying a Reprocessor

April 15, 2015 10:35 am | by Jeff Reinke, executive editor | Articles | Comments

Medline’s Renewal Full Circle Reprocessing cites the following as questions to ask in qualifying potential partners for off-site instrument cleaning, sterilization, maintenance and repair.

Cleaner and Greener

April 13, 2015 10:47 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | News | Comments

Instrument sterilization and re-processing not only protects against infection, but can go a long way in helping control operating costs.

New Precautions Released for Hospital Visitors

April 13, 2015 10:41 am | by SOCIETY FOR HEALTHCARE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF AMERICA | News | Comments

The guidance looks to reduce the potential for healthcare visitors in spreading dangerous bacteria within the healthcare facility and community.

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March 2015

April 2, 2015 11:40 am | Digital Editions | Comments

The March issue of Surgical Products goes back to the basics to see how little things have huge impacts for patients, but also explores some new technology.  

Ultraviolet C Light Systems, Terminal Cleaning Score a 99.9 Percent Disinfection Rate

April 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Sanford Green, Senior Executive, Spectra254 | Blogs | Comments

Many providers are turning to UVC decontamination systems to increase infection prevention, since the technology is quick, safe and easy to operate.

Safer OR Liquid Handling

March 27, 2015 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Serres offers their closed suction liner system for hospitals and acute-care facilities, which the company feels is user-friendly and cost-efficient. 

Tainted Scopes Get New Cleaning Instructions

March 27, 2015 9:14 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of medical scopes that have been linked to two recent "superbug" outbreaks at California hospitals has issued new cleaning instructions for the devices amid scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers and medical professionals.

Takeaways From AORN

March 19, 2015 12:19 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

I’m excited to share some of what I thought were the most interesting products, concepts and conversations from my attendance of the Association for periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Surgical Conference & Expo, which recently took place in Denver.

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2 More Aid Workers Flown Back To U.S. For Ebola Monitoring

March 19, 2015 11:59 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials say two more American aid workers arrived in the United States on Wednesday night to be monitored for Ebola.

Joint Replacement Surgeries Still Troubled by Infected Fluids

March 17, 2015 11:47 am | by Thomas Jefferson University | News | Comments

More Americans than ever will receive joint replacements, and with an infection rate of approximately 1 percent, the potential exists for tens of thousands to experience post-operative infection and complications each year.

FDA Wants More Info On Scopes Linked To Superbug Outbreaks

March 13, 2015 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Federal health officials are stepping up their oversight of medical scopes linked to potentially fatal superbug outbreaks.

German Court Orders Vaccination Cynic To Pay For Virus Proof

March 13, 2015 11:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A German court has ruled that a prominent anti-vaccination advocate must pay a doctor 100,000 euros ($105,720) in prize money he had promised to anyone who could prove measles is a virus.

The Little Things That Kill … And Cure

March 6, 2015 1:17 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Some strong insight on how sticking to the basics of infection prevention can protect surgical staff and patients from the effects of HAIs.

Being Proactive Key in Patient Prep

March 5, 2015 1:10 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Surgical Products recently sat down with Vicki Allen, MSN, RN, and asked her about best practices in avoiding common patient prep mistakes.

Superbug Infections Hit Another Los Angeles Hospital

March 5, 2015 12:55 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A second Los Angeles hospital is reporting that patients have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant superbug linked to a type of widely used medical scope.

Patient Prep: Keeping It Clean

March 4, 2015 1:10 pm | by Surgical Product Staff | Articles | Comments

Rosie D. Lyles, MD, MHA, MSc, Head of Clinical Affairs, Clorox Healthcare, on keeping it clean in the OR suite.

DoD Awards Grant for Non-Antibiotic Infection Therapy

March 3, 2015 12:46 pm | by Neumedicines | News | Comments

Neumedicines has been awarded a DoD grant for a clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a prophylactic immunotherapy in surgical wounds, for the purpose of avoiding infection.

Nurse Who Survived Ebola Sues Dallas Hospital System

March 3, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dallas hospital that treated the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola lied to Congress when it said its staff was trained to handle the deadly virus, a nurse who contracted the disease contends in a lawsuit filed Monday.

Suit Filed Against Scope Maker in Superbug Infection

February 26, 2015 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A patient has sued the maker of a medical scope linked to the outbreak of a superbug at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Post-Operative Mortality Rates Low Among Patients with HIV Prescribed ART

February 25, 2015 1:10 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Postoperative mortality rates were low among patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), and those mortality rates were influenced as much by age and poor nutritional status as CD4 cell counts, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery.

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