• Nanoparticle Technology Allows New Application of Antimicrobial Silver to Medical Devices
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A scientific breakthrough in nanotechnology that has direct implications in the battle against hospital-acquired infections was presented last week at the Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference. Bruce Gibbins, PhD, founder and chief technology officer of ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in News
  • How to Handle CONTAMINATED LINENS
    How to Handle CONTAMINATED LINENS Q: What kind of regular and multidrug-resistant pathogens do contaminated healthcare linens tend to harbor? A: Healthcare linens are known to harbor a number of microorganisms. Most notably, there is an increased concern that ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: Clinical Update
    The Elusive Enemy: Airborne Pathogens in Healthcare Facilities By Kathy Dix Airborne pathogens in healthcare facilities remain elusive — they can exist in ventilation systems, within the walls, even in the plumbing. Certain pathogens are more common than others, and some ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Instrumentation Issues
    Instrumentation Issues Getting a Handle on Instrument-Related Costs and Inventory By Jennifer Schraag and Kris Ellis Healthcare workers in the sterile processing and healthcare materials management arenas are keenly aware of the many pitfalls that may be encountered through ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today: IC Business
    Making a Business Case for Infection Control By Kelly M. Pyrek One of the most important ways an infection control practitioner (ICP) can validate his or her program is to master an understanding of the principles of healthcare economics (HE) and how they can use it as a ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Surgical Trays: Ensuring Sterility and Safe Handling
    Surgical Trays: Ensuring Sterility and Safe Handling By Kris Ellis The processing, wrapping, and handling of surgical trays are daily activities in every sterile processing department (SPD). In order to establish and maintain sterile instruments and trays, SPD personnel ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • How to Comply With HAND-HYGIENE IMPERATIVES
    How to Comply With HAND-HYGIENE IMPERATIVES By Deborah Davis, PhD, MBA, MS There has been renewed emphasis placed on hand hygiene and skin wellness as a result of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s “Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings”. The ...More
  • Clinical Imperatives in Healthcare Materials Management
    Clinical Imperatives in Healthcare Materials Management By Jennifer Schraag Medical errors arise in many unspoken areas. Risk management and patient safety initiatives must begin within the materials management arena and follow all the way through to delivery to the ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • How to Provide Cleaner (and Greener) ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
    How to Provide Cleaner (and Greener) ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES By Severine Zaslavski A good cleaning program begins with quality chemicals, then adds cleaning tools, the proper dilution of chemicals, and proper cleaning practices. Q: What should be cleaned? A: Each infection ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • How to Manage SHARPS DISPOSAL Safely and Effectively
    How to Manage SHARPS DISPOSAL Safely and Effectively Q: What is the scope of the sharps-exposure challenge in the healthcare environment? A: Our communities are served by more than 8 million healthcare workers who have chosen to dedicate their lives to helping others. These ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles