• Is the OR the Next War Zone?
    I suspect we will achieve peace in the Middle East before we’ll ever see harmony between doctors and nurses in the operating room. Not only is it an embarrassment to the perioperative community, it is counterproductive for the practitioners and potentially fatal for the ...More
    July 6, 2006 Posted in Blog
  • VHA Research Finds Disruptive Behavior Common in Operating Rooms; Behavior Linked to Adverse Events, Medical Errors, and Mortality
    IRVING, Texas -- New research conducted by VHA Inc., a national healthcare alliance, has found that disruptive behavior between surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists occurs frequently in hospital operating rooms and can negatively affect patient outcomes. Of those ...More
    July 6, 2006 Posted in News
  • Flying the Friendly, TB-Free Skies
    Getting lost in all of the excitement about the Fourth of July holiday weekend, was the announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) that it has issued updated guidelines for the airline industry that hopefully will further minimize the risk of tuberculosis (TB) and ...More
    July 5, 2006 Posted in Blog
  • WHO Updates Aviation Guidelines for TB Prevention
    Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) issued updated guidelines for the airline industry that will further minimize the risk of tuberculosis (TB) and other infectious diseases being passed from passenger to passenger on board aircraft. The 'Tuberculosis and Air ...More
    July 5, 2006 Posted in News
  • As Seen at APIC 2006
    As Seen at APIC 2006 Professional Disposables International Professional Disposables International, the healthcare division of Nice-Pak Products, Inc., offers Chlorascrub™, a new and effective chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) product. Chlorascrub is designed to be easy to use, ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
    Hepatitis B and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are potentially fatal infections. Most occupational exposures to these bloodborne illnesses occur among healthcare workers (HCWs). According to the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), more than 8 ...More
  • How to Simplify Your Environmental Surfaces Cleaning Program
    An emerging technology designed for cleaning and disinfection is making the job of healthcare environmental services more efficient, safer, and more responsible. Accelerated hydrogen peroxide (AHP™) technology allows for all-in-one capability to achieve excellent cleaning ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • One Nation Under Pressure, Indivisible, With Hurriedness and Heart Attacks for All
    I don’t need to tell you that as a nation, we’ve become a whole lot busier than our forebears; according to a Harris poll, the amount of leisure time enjoyed by the average American has shrunk 37 percent since 1973, and 71 percent of those surveyed said their lives had ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Understanding Surgical Hand Antisepsis
    In the paper, “Low Adherence With Waterless Surgical Hand Antisepsis,” authors Lawton Seal, PhD, of Healthpoint, Ltd., and Shanta Modak, PhD, and Cenk Cayci, MD, both of the Department of Surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, describe how ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • New Review of Studies Indicates Usual Practices in Surgical Site Preparation Do Not Reduce Infections
    Antiseptic cleansing and body hair removal do not reduce surgical site infections, investigators report in two new reviews of studies of these common preoperative practices. “Washing or showering with an antiseptic before going to surgery does not reduce the risk of ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles