• 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • PERSONAL PROTECTION
    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
  • NAPPSI and ICT
    Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, winner of the 2006 NAPPSI and ICT Primary Prevention Safety Award. Since early 2000, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has been using a variety of sharps safety products hospital-wide with a particular focus on ...More
    June 30, 2006 Posted in Articles