• 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
  • The Changing Tides of Sharps Safety
    When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) bloodborne pathogens standard first came out in 1991, Pam Gill, RN, HIV/HBV prevention specialist with Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville, N.C., says they were on the right track in issuing the standards ...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
  • How to Select Gloves for the Right Task in the Healthcare Environment
    How do I select the glove appropriate for the task? For optimal protection and safety, glove materials should be chosen based on the tasks being performed and the healthcare professional’s risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, potentially infectious materials, and ...More
  • CAUTIs:
    Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) can have a significant impact on U.S. healthcare organizations. One study showed a mean extra cost of $589 per CAUTI due to diagnostic and medication expenses.1 Given the frequency of these infections, costs can add up ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Storing Sterile Inventory for the OR Storing Sterile Inventory for the OR
    Clean tools, skin, and hands can prevent infections resulting from surgery. It’s as simple as that. However, not everyone properly observes the principles of sterile cleaning and storage. Keeping sterile inventory sterile may sometimes be a challenge. However, sterile ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • 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