• The Fight Against UTIs Continues
    A healthy person who contracts a urinary tract infection (UTI) certainly has reason to be upset, but when that person is already sick and contracts a UTI from a catheter, the risk and outrage compounds. Data on the estimated cost of catheter-associated UTIs (CAUTIs) ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • TOC April 2007
    Sterile Inventory Quality Control: Small Changes Can Lead to Big Success By Michelle Beaver Infection Control in the Dialysis Setting By Kathy Dix Raising the Bar on Quality in Sterile Processing: Adopting Failure Modes and Effects Analysis in the Healthcare Setting By Tim ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
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    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Waterborne Pathogens in Healthcare: Critical to Quality
    WATER IS THE ESSENCE OF LIFE ON EARTH. When we hear the word “water,” we naturally and instantaneously draw an association with purity, cleanliness, and rejuvenation. Refreshment on a sweltering summer day, a hot shower on a frigid winter morning, and the ritual use of ...More
  • Sterile Inventory Quality Control: Small Changes Can Lead to Big Success
    Sterile Inventory Quality Control: Small Changes Can Lead to Big Success By Michelle Beaver Time, space, poor resources, and lack of know-how -- any of these factors can contribute to problems with sterile inventory storage. Some factors are unavoidable, but knowledge can ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Foss Manufacturing Company
    Foss Manufacturing Company Foss announces its Fosshield® antimicrobial technology that is designed to inhibit the growth of destructive and odor-causing bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungus. A unique bicomponent polyester fiber includes a silver- and copper-based, inorganic ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Q & A with Cynthia A. Fleck
    ICT: What’s the latest and greatest in wound care? A: Wound bed preparation, including debridement and bioburden control, are mainstays for effective wound healing. Silver dressings continue to be the No. 1 advanced wound care product choice available. These innovative ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control in the Dialysis Setting
    Infection Control in the Dialysis Setting By Kathy Dix Any healthcare setting has issues related to infectious diseases and the safety of both patients and staff, but the dialysis setting has its own concerns. Renal care patients may carry bloodborne pathogens, and ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • Adopting Failure Modes and Effects Analysis in the Healthcare Setting
    A MISTAKE IN THE WORKPLACE may not be a big deal in some professions, and often the mistake may only affect the person who committed the error. Some mistakes, however, can be far-reaching and can have potentially harmful outcomes. For example, central service/sterile ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Pursuing Perfection and Making a Business Case for Infection Prevention
    Our newest online monthly poll asks, “Do you know how to make an effective business case for infection control and prevention to your hospital administrator?” So far, it’s an overwhelming “No,” with more than 70 percent of respondents indicating they are not able to make ...More
    April 2, 2007 Posted in Articles