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Superbug In SE Michigan Shows Recent Decline

November 25, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

A new study finds a decrease in an emergent strain of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) that is resistant to last line defense antibiotics. Researchers examined the prevalence of vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) infections in southeastern Michigan, where the majority of these infections have occurred in the U.S.

Wireless Electronic Implants Stop Staph, Then Dissolve

November 25, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Tufts University, in collaboration with a team at the University of Illinois at...

Spectra254 Ultraviolet Light System 99.9 Percent Effective in Killing Ebola Surrogate

November 24, 2014 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Spectra254, a developer of high-power, easy-to-use, affordable UVC light decontamination systems...

2014 ESP Award Winner - Third Place, Best of Show, Innovative Sterilization Technologies, ONE TRAY

November 19, 2014 11:38 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ONE TRAY, from Innovative Sterilization Technologies, takes third place in the Best of Show...

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2014 ESP Award Winner - Third Place, Infection Control, Ecolab Healthcare Encompass OR Environmental Hygiene

November 18, 2014 11:54 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ecolab’s EnCompass Environmental Hygiene Program with CleanOp Surgical Room Turnover Kits provides healthcare facilities with a complete solution to improve cleaning efficiency and effectiveness, and increase patient safety.    

2014 ESP Award Winner - Third Place, Infection Control, PCI Medical GUS Storage System Ultrasound Cabinet

November 18, 2014 11:43 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The GUS Storage System is an Ultrasound Storage Cabinet for vaginal, rectal, general purpose, and Transesophageal (TEE) probes.   

2014 ESP Award Winner - Second Place, Infection Control, Crosstex Rapicide OPA/28 High-Level Disinfectant

November 18, 2014 11:33 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Crosstex offers their Rapicide OPA/28 High Level Disinfectant with several unique features.   

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2014 ESP Award Winner - First Place, Infection Control, Clorox Healthcare 4% CHG Skin Cleansing Kit

November 18, 2014 11:22 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The Colorox Healthcare 4% CHG Skin Cleansing Kit is an easy-to-use kit for reducing bacteria on the skin prior to surgery.            

Mali Could Be Next Ebola Target

November 17, 2014 11:49 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

It all started with a sick nurse, whose positive test for Ebola came only after her death. In a busy clinic that treats Mali's elite as well as wounded U.N. peacekeepers, what patient transmitted the virus?         

Drugs That Prevent Clots May Protect Organs During Transplantation

November 17, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

Organs can become significantly damaged during transplantation, but a new article published in the BJS (British Journal of Surgery) offers a protective strategy that could keep them safe and allow them to function optimally after the procedure. ...      

Surgeon With Ebola Dies in Nebraska Hospital

November 17, 2014 10:46 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said. Dr. Martin Salia died of the disease shortly after 4 a.m., Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said. ...   

Organ Sales Prove Costly to People of Nepal

November 14, 2014 11:50 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a fraction of the money promised to him by a shady broker in Hokshe, a village of tiny farms and mud huts that has been the center of the illegal organ trade in Nepal for more than a decade ...

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2014 ESP Award Winner- Innovative Sterilization Technologies - 3rd Place Best of Show

November 10, 2014 12:37 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Videos | Comments

Innovative Sterilization Technology’s ONE TRAY® wins Third Place-Overall Best of Show for innovations in sterilization.  Watch the short video for more info!                  

2014 ESP Award Winner-Ecolab - 3rd Place Infection Control

November 10, 2014 12:29 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Videos | Comments

Ecolab’s Encompass O.R. Environmental Hygiene Program wins Third Place-Infection Control Category for innovations in OR Cleaning.  Click here for more info!                               

2014 ESP Award Winner-Crosstex/SPS Medical - 2nd Place Infection Control

November 10, 2014 12:19 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Videos | Comments

Crosstex/SPS Medical’s Rapicide® OPA/28 High-Level Disinfectant  wins Second Place-Infection Control for innovations in disinfection.  Watch the short video for more info!                   

PDI's Prevantics Device Swab Receives FDA Market Authorization

November 7, 2014 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Clinical investigators recently released results from the first and only randomized, cross-over, prospective, comparative effectiveness clinical study evaluating the benefits of a 3.15% Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol over 70% Isopropyl Alcohol alone in disinfecting needleless connectors ... 

TIDI Products Announces Acquisition of CFI Medical Solutions

November 7, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

TIDI Products, LLC, a leading manufacturer of clinically differentiated, single-use, medical devices, has acquired CFI Medical Solutions of Fenton, Mich., a diversified medical device manufacturer and engineering resource for hospitals, distributors, and global original equipment manufacturers ... 

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September/October 2014

November 4, 2014 5:09 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

This is the digital version of the September/October 2014 issue of Surgical Products magazine.

Inhaled Ebola Vaccine May Offer Long-Term Protection

November 3, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

A potentially breathable, respiratory vaccine in development has been shown to provide long-term protection for non-human primates against the deadly Ebola virus, as reported this week in the online edition of the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics ...

New Drug Shows Promise in Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

October 27, 2014 8:31 pm | News | Comments

A foot ulcer is typically a painful inconvenience to most people, but to a person with diabetes it could mean an infection, or worse, an amputation. But a research team at Stanford University has developed a drug delivered through a skin patch that not only helps foot wounds heal better, but also prevents those wounds from recurring, according to study results they presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress ...

Ebola and Human Error: A Proactive Approach For Medical Professionals

October 27, 2014 7:53 pm | News | Comments

As the Ebola situation continues to evolve in North America, the Practicing Perfection Institute, Inc. (PPI) and the international not-for-profit Human Performance Association, Inc. (HPA) have combined forces to offer proactive solutions for the prevention of infection and contamination to medical professionals and to the general public ...

The Ebola Epidemic: Is There a Way Out?

October 27, 2014 11:02 am | News | Comments

Not everyone who contracts the Ebola virus dies, the survival rate is around 30% suggesting that some kind of immunity to the disease is possible. Experimental treatments and vaccines against Ebola exist but have not yet been tested in large groups for safety and efficacy (phase 2 trials).

Only Six Percent of U.S. Hospitals Ready For Ebola Patient

October 27, 2014 12:43 am | News | Comments

Only 6 percent of U.S. hospitals are well-prepared to receive a patient with the Ebola virus, according to a survey of infection prevention experts at U.S. hospitals conducted October 10-15 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Volunteer Guidelines For Clinicians in the Ebola Epidemic

October 24, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Journal has released a novel, informative article that speaks to volunteers within the Ebola epidemic. The article, contributed by a consortium of Boston-based hospitals, is entitled Sign Me Up: Rules of the Road for Humanitarian Volunteers during the Ebola Outbreak ...

Why Does Ebola Kill Some and Not Others?

October 21, 2014 10:45 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies ...

Zimmer's Samudio: 'Crucial For All Healthcare Workers to Work Together' in Ebola fight

October 20, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

In our continuing coverage of how the Ebola virus is affecting medical facilities, Candace L. Samudio, longtime healthcare professional and clinical excellence team leader in the surgical division at Zimmer, provides insight on the importance of surgical helmet systems and stresses the need for ORs and ERs to work together ... 

NBC's Snyderman Faces Credibility Issues

October 20, 2014 10:34 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren't over for NBC News' chief medical editor. An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response. NBC must now decide whether Snyderman's credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long ...

HHS Accelerates Development of Ebola Vaccine

October 17, 2014 10:53 am | News | Comments

The development of a vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease will be accelerated with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Under a one-year contract with Profectus BioSciences Inc., ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority will provide approximately $5.8 million in funding ...

Are U.S. Hospitals Really Ready for Ebola?

October 17, 2014 10:21 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | News | Comments

With the recent news of a Dallas nurse being infected with the Ebola virus, hospitals across the U.S. are scrambling to prepare for a potential outbreak of the deadly disease. In this interview with Surgical Products, Martie Moore, RN, MAOM, CPHQ and chief nursing officer of Medline Industries, Inc., provides insight into how hospitals and medical supply manufacturers are preparing for a possible Ebola outbreak ...

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