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  • Catheters Give Life but Sometimes Take It
    Central venous catheters (CVCs) are becoming increasingly popular in outpatient and inpatient settings to provide long-term venous access. Their benefit is undeniable, but there are consequences and they can be startling. CVCs disrupt skin integrity and therefore leave the ...More
    April 16, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Creating a Unified Voice for the CS/SP Community
    In February, the merger between the American Society for Healthcare Central Service Professionals (ASHCSP) and the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) was finalized. ICT sat down with IAHCSMM president Richard Schule and ...More
    April 16, 2008 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • CS Certification ... a Must for Everyone
    Did you know that hairdressers must pass a state exam to become a certified beautician? What about respiratory therapists or dental hygienists? Aren’t surgical techs in the operating room (OR) certified, as are some OR nurses? We feel more comfortable about purchasing ...More
    April 16, 2008 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • A Quick Guide to Flash Sterilization Considerations
    Flash sterilization has been a debatable issue probably since its conception. The many issues relating to flash sterilization run from overuse to misuse all the way to the reportedly increased risk for postoperative infection and the accompanying increased costs ...More
    April 16, 2008 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • The Myths of Sterilant Gas Safety Exposed
    Sterilization is of vital importance in healthcare and while steam and heat provide reliable service for the majority of medical supplies, chemical sterilants and especially gas sterilants are the main methods used for those medical devices and supplies which are heat- and ...More
    April 16, 2008 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Air and Waterborne Pathogens are Resilient
    Water is a necessary part of human life, but it is also an abettor of life-taking pathogens and air is a common germ-smuggler too.Sick building syndrome is a big issue in healthcare facilities and makes it easier for fungus, mold and germs to infect patients and healthcare ...More
    April 16, 2008 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Kimberly-Clark Takes HAI Prevention Education on the Road
    The lights are dimmed as a dozen healthcare workers (HCWs), dressed in multi-hued scrubs, sit in front of sleek black laptops, headphones on ears, eyes fixated to the computer screens in front of them. They are ensconced in their own private cocoons, exploring how to ...More
    April 16, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Fallen Stars and Shining Stars: Which Does Your SPD Have?
    Who’s running your sterile processing department (SPD)? If the answer to this question is a “fallen star” from another department in the organization, you may have taken on a bigger problem than you had before. What is a fallen star? It’s the person ...More
    April 16, 2008 Posted in Articles
  • Giving Scopes a Clean Bill of Health
    Endoscopic equipment is notoriously difficult to clean. Ports, channels, and nooks and crannies all offer wonderful hiding places for bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens, and lend themselves to the buildup of biofilm. Manufacturer’s guidelines are designed to ...More
    April 16, 2008 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Keeping the "Clean Room" Clean
    Processes inside the sterile processing and central sterile (CS) supply areas are imperative. Sterile processing department (SPD) technicians work hard to maintain sterility, but unfortunately, others compromise this work through improper storage and handling practices. ...More
    April 16, 2008 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization