• Trends in Outsourcing CS/SP
    Question: What trends do you see in offsite sterilization providers? Are most SP/CS departments tending to focus on in-house sterilization, or is there an interest in outsourcing as a cost saving or capacity enhancement measure? -- RB, Florida The trend is slow. The ...More
    June 16, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • A Question from a Trainee Technician
    Question: I am a trainee technician working in the central supply and sterile department. I'd like to know more about the sterilization process as well as sterile storage. -- HBL, Singapore Answer: The very best way to learn about the CS department and sterile processing is ...More
    June 16, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • NFID Applauds New JCAHO Standard as an Important Step to Improve Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers
    BETHESDA, Md. -- The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) applauds the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for announcing its new infection control policy that requires accredited organizations to offer influenza vaccination ...More
    June 16, 2006 Posted in News
  • Raven Labs Launches New Web Site
    Raven Labs, a leading biological indicator manufacturer since 1949, announces the launch of its redesigned Web site at www.ravenlabs.com. The new site allows users to search not only by products but also by keyword, industry, and type of sterilization. This new format ...More
    June 16, 2006 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • You Asked, We Deliver
    Many of you read yesterday's blog and announcement on this Web site about the number of lives saved through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)'s 100,000 Lives Campaign and wanted to know where you could find a list of all of the U.S. hospitals that particpated. ...More
    June 15, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • SuturTek's Fascia Suturing Device Wins Gold Medical Design Excellence Award
    NORTH CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- SuturTek Incorporated, a medical device company with a unique, patented safe-suturing solution, announces that its 360-degree Fascia Closure Device received a 2006 Gold Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA) during last week's presentation at the ...More
    June 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • Herpes Simplex Virus Uses MicroRNA to Hide Out in Cells
    Neurons (large round cells) latently infected with herpes simplex virus-1. The latency-associated transcript (LAT) probe is the black area within certain cells. LAT microRNA works through a process called RNA interference to prevent normal cell death or apoptosis, so that ...More
    June 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • Risk of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Cut Significantly
    Researchers found that administering the topical antiseptic chlorhexidine to critically ill patients on mechanical ventilation greatly decreased their daily risk of acquiring deadly hospital-related ventilator-associated pneumonia. The results appeared in the second issue ...More
    June 15, 2006 Posted in News
  • You are a Lifesaver!
    Congratulations to the 3,000-plus hospitals across the U.S. that enrolled in the IHI's 100,000 Lives Campaign and endeavored to prevent so many unneccessary deaths relating to infections and other complications. The IHI reports today that approximately 122,000 lives were ...More
    June 14, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • IHI Announces Number of Lives Saved Through Campaign
    ATLANTA -- The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) announced today that U.S. hospitals taking part in an unprecedented 18-month effort to prevent 100,000 unnecessary deaths by dramatically improving patient care have exceeded that goal. Hospitals enrolled in the ...More
    June 14, 2006 Posted in News