• Acute-Care, Long-Term Care, and Ambulatory Care
    Acute-Care, Long-Term Care, and Ambulatory Care Championing Aseptic Technique in All Practice Environments By Kris Ellis The delivery of healthcare in the United States has undergone drastic changes over the past couple of decades. From the dramatic increase in procedures ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • A Day in the Life of Two Instruments in the Sterile ProcessingCycle
    A Day in the Life of Two Instruments in the Sterile Processing CycleBy Kathy DixInstruments used in an operating room (OR) or procedure room lead a busy life. Follow two instruments demonstrating the latest in technology as they progress throughout a typical day.“THE ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Clinical Processing Staff Achieves Certification Status
    Clinical Processing Staff Achieves Certification StatusBy Richard P. Blasko, MBA, CRCST, CSPDTThe ultimate goal of any sterile processing department is the elimination of pathogenic microorganisms on equipment and instrumentation. Given the continuously changing arena of ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Applying AAMI Standards to Real-World SPDs
    Applying AAMI Standards to Real-World SPDs By Jennifer Schraag ICT takes a roundtable approach in examining the challenges and ensuing implications of applying AAMI standards in today’s production-driven SPDs. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • PANDEMICALS
    PANDEMICALS By Roger P. Freeman, DDS APIC Keynote: Scary, and Not a Movie! At the recent Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) annual conference, renowned public health authority Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, delivered the keynote address ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • A Clean Sweep:
    A Clean Sweep: Educating ES Personnel About Infection Control and Prevention By Jennifer Schraag Healthcare’s housekeeping departments play a more important role than ever in closing the gap in infection control. A CHICAGO TRIBUNE INVESTIGATIVE REPORT solidified the ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • Working the Bugs Out of Infection Control
    Working the Bugs Out of Infection Control Using Integrated Pest Management to Reduce Risk of Vectorborne Disease By Zia Siddiqi, PhD, BCE The last thing any healthcare professional wants is for patients with weakened immune systems to be exposed to disease-causing agents ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • Pathogen Eradication From an Environmental ServicesPerspective
    Pathogen Eradication From an Environmental Services Perspective By Thomas J. Fitzgerald III, CHESP Globally, sick people usually end up in some type of healthcare setting to receive care for their illness; their treatment plans usually entail an inpatient stay, maybe ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • The Role of PPE in Contact Transfer
    The Role of PPE in Contact Transfer Part one in a series. By Wava Truscott, PhD THINK FOR A MOMENT ABOUT THIS ROUTINE SCENARIO. A healthcare worker (HCW) enters the room of a patient who has an antibiotic-resistant infection such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • SPD Personnel Should be Aware of the Dangers of Hepatitis
    SPD Personnel Should be Aware of the Dangers of Hepatitis By Dottie Conroy, RN, BS, ACSP, CSPDM MY MOTHER, AT THE AGE OF 35, delivered me by Cesearean section due to eight internal and external uterine fibroid tumors. Two were larger than I was at birth. Needless to say, ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles