• Managing Today’s OR Suite Conference Emphasizes Teamwork
    The power of teams was a theme at the 19th annual Managing Today’s OR Suite, held Nov 8-10, 2006 in Orlando. The conference, sponsored by OR Manager, Inc., brought together 839 operating room managers and directors for three days of education and a surgical trade show with ...More
    March 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • ASEPTIC TECHNIQUE:
    Healthcare workers (HCWs) are heroes in today’s hospitals but even they would be rendered far less powerful without the help of their trustiest companion: aseptic technique. This sidekick wears a gown though — not a cape — that is surely of proper size, material, and ...More
    March 1, 2007 Posted in Articles
  • CLEARING THE PATH
    Improving skin antisepsis is vital for both the patient undergoing the surgery and for the healthcare worker (HCW) performing the surgery. The prevention of nosocomial infections — especially that of surgical site infections (SSIs) — has been proven through the ...More
    March 1, 2007 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • University of California San Francisco Medical Center Adopts SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System
    DUBLIN, Ohio -- Cardinal Health, Inc., a leading provider of products and services supporting the healthcare industry, today announced that the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) MedicalCenter has signed an agreement to use SurgiCount Medical's Safety-Sponge(TM) ...More
    March 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Vancomycin May Trigger Dangerously Low Platelet Count
    Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Blood Research Institute have linked vancomycin to an abnormal decrease in blood platelet count, a condition called thrombocytopenia. If accompanied by uncontrollable bleeding, ...More
    March 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • Sweat May Pass on Hepatitis B in Contact Sports
    Sweat may be another way to pass on hepatitis B infection during contact sports, suggests research published ahead of print in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Hepatitis B virus attacks the liver and can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, ...More
    March 1, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Hearing Loss in Children Leads to Substantial Meningitis Risk
    Children who are stricken with severe hearing loss are five times more likely to contract meningitis, according to a new study published in the March 2007 edition of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The study, conducted over a nine-year period, monitored 663,963 ...More
    March 1, 2007 Posted in News
  • A Life Sentence in a Hospital?
    One young man in Arizona faces this very future because he breached his quarantine, exposing others in public to the extreme multidrug-resistant strain of tuberculosis he contracted. To read this intriguing story, click HERE. ...More
    March 1, 2007 Posted in Blogs
  • Widely Used Hepatitis B Drug Spurs HIV Drug Resistance
    A Johns Hopkins study has proven false established medical practice that an antiretroviral drug widely used to treat hepatitis B liver infections was safe to use on its own in patients co-infected with HIV. Their findings demonstrate that treatment with entecavir leads to ...More
    February 28, 2007 Posted in News
  • A Few Coliforms With Your Cauliflower, Madam?
    Publisher Bill Eikost and I were just talking yesterday about how nothing raises awareness levels as a good old-fashioned health-related scare. We were pondering how the panic over needlesticks seemed to be dying down, either because they were no longer making news since ...More
    February 28, 2007 Posted in Blogs